The Ministry of Public Security is gathering public comments on a draft law on cybersecurity which is expected to build a sound cyberspace and protect national defense and security as well as lawful rights and interests of organizations and individuals operating in cyberspace.
The draft provides for principles, measures and contents of cybersecurity work, activities to ensure performance of this work, and responsibilities of agencies, organizations and individuals involved in the management, provision and use of cyberspace and cybersecurity protection of the country.
According to the draft, cybersecurity protection measures include measures to protect national security, cybersecurity operation measures, operational measures in cyberspace, and others. The Government would be responsible for making clear the contents, conditions, competence, order, procedures, and responsibilities for application of these measures.
The draft lists five prohibited acts, namely: using cyberspace to infringe upon national sovereignty, interests and security or social safety and order; posting information that goes against the Vietnamese State or infringes upon the lawful rights and interests of organizations and individuals or is contrary to the nation’s fine moral traditions; illegally acceding or appropriating information and documents; cyberattack; and cyberterrorism.
Worthy of note, the draft law devotes a separate chapter to cybersecurity protection activities, such as preventing and fighting the use of cyberspace to infringe upon national security; protecting important information on national security; forecasting and responding to cybersecurity incidents; formulating standards and technical regulations on cybersecurity; and licensing of the provision of cybersecurity assurance services.
The draft is open for public comment through August 8 at chinhphu.vn and mps.gov.vn.- (VLLF)