Transboundary provision of public information would be put under stricter control as provided in a draft circular recently released by the Ministry of Information and Communications.
According to the draft, transboundary provision of public information means foreign organizations, enterprises or individuals establishing foreign-based equipment systems or using foreign-based network storage space-leasing services and providing public information to persons using internet in Vietnam or accessing to internet from Vietnam through websites, social networks, online searching tools, online applications or in other forms.
Transboundary provision of public information would be put under stricter control__Photo: Tran Viet/VNA
The draft requires foreign organizations, enterprises and individuals that provide social network services to 5,000 Vietnamese members or more, or foreign enterprises and individuals that provide information via websites or online searching tools in Vietnamese with at least one million accesses to have a legal representative in Vietnam.
Alex Long, a representative of the Asia Internet Coalition, said this requirement raised many concerns, adding it might affect Vietnam’s business environment and internet development.
Dau Anh Tuan, head of the Vietnam Chamber of Commercial and Industry’s Legal Department, said state management in the field of internet would face a big challenge because it should keep pace with development progress while ensuring national defense and security and meeting other state management requirements.-