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Monday, December 5, 2022

No ban on sharing of information on social networks

Updated: 11:08’ - 03/09/2013

There is no regulation to ban the sharing of information by individuals on social networks.

This was reaffirmed by Head of the Department of Radio, TV and Electronic Information under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) Hoang Vinh Bao in a recent interview with local media to clarify a number of provisions of a new government decree on Internet services.

The decree, coded 72/2013/ND-CP and effective on September 1, regulates the provision and use of information on the Internet, establishment of websites to provide compiled information and social networks, provision of online electronic games, among others.

When sharing any information compiled from Internet sources, newspapers or any materials, individuals must include the links or specify the sources of such information, Bao stressed.

Individuals are entitled to comment on issues they share, but must take full responsibility for their comments, he said.

The official explained that these provisions do not aim to restrict the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech of people, but are intended to protect intellectual property rights and copyright of press agencies.

The new content of the decree is clearly defining the rights and responsibilities of organizations and individuals when using Internet information as well as protecting Internet users.

Under Article 20 of the decree, websites are categorized into five types: electronic newspapers in the form of website; websites of compiled information; internal websites; personal websites and specialized websites.

This categorization aims to help apply appropriate management methods to each type of website.

The MIC is drafting a decree on penalties against violations in the fields of post, telecommunications, information technology and press and publishing, and a circular guiding in detail the implementation of Decree 72, Mr. Bao said.

As Decree 72 only contained general provisions on cross-border information services, the official said, the MIC would issue soon a circular with more specific provisions on this type of service. On principle, this circular must comply with the Telecommunications Law, Decree 72 and international treaties which Vietnam has acceded to, he said, adding that in the process of elaborating Decree 72 as well as the circular on management of cross-border services, the MIC had carefully studied bilateral and multilateral agreements and international practices which Vietnam has acceded to or are negotiating in order to design most appropriate and correct regulations.-


Prohibited acts when providing online information

 Abusing the provision and use of Internet services and online information for:

- Opposing the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; undermining the national security, social order and safety; sabotaging the national great unity bloc; propagating wars and terrorism; sowing hatred and conflicts among nations, races and religions;

- Propagating and inciting violence, obscenity, pornography, crimes, social problems, superstition; damaging fine national traditions and customs;

- Revealing state secrets, military, security, economic and diplomacy secrets, and other secrets prescribed by law;

- Providing false information on, slandering or damaging reputation of organizations or honor and dignity of individuals;

- Advertising, propagating and trading in banned goods or services; spreading banned press, literature and artistic works and publications;

- Impersonating other organizations and individuals to spread false information which violates the rights and legitimate interests of other organizations and individuals.

 Illegally obstructing the lawful provision of and access to information, the provision and use of lawful services on the Internet by other organizations and individuals.

 Illegally obstructing the operation of “.vn” domain name system servers (DNS servers), lawful operation of Internet service and online information provision systems.

Illegally using passwords of other organizations and individuals, private information, and Internet resources.

Creating illegal links to lawful domain names of other organizations and individuals; creating, installing and spreading harmful software or computer virus; illegally accessing or taking control of information systems; making hacking tools on the Internet.-

(Article 5 of Decree No. 72/2013/ND-CP)


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