Cyber Security Law protects citizens’ interest, national security
Updated : Tuesday, July 03, 2018 9:27 AM (GMT+0700)

TheLaw on Cyber Security is an important, much needed legal framework forauthorised forces to be able to tackle risks and challenges from cyber space ina timely and effective manner, according to the Ministry of Public Security’sCyber Security Department (CSD).

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The law, which was adoptedduring the fifth session of the 14th National Assembly and announcedby the President on June 28, is comprised of seven chapters and 43 articles,and will become effective from January 1, 2019.

The department reported thatVietnam has faced dozens of serious, large-scale cyber attacks over the pastfew years, directly threatening national security, social order and safety, andseriously affecting the local economy.

The latest statistics fromthe department show that in the first six months of the year, 2,769 websitesand online portals with national domains – 35 of which are managed by Party andState agencies – were either hacked, had their interfaces or content altered,or were deprived of administration authority.

What is more, the Internetand some digital services and applications have also been used by hostileforces to spread calls for illegal protests and gatherings that may inciterioting or violate national sovereignty, interests, and security.

Meanwhile, the dependence onforeign-origin technology devices has led to an urgent need to form a cybersecurity industry.

CSD Director Hoang PhuocThuan said that the Law on Cyber Security clarifies cyber security ensures thatactivities on the Internet do not harm national security, social order andsafety, as well as the legitimate rights and interests of organisations andindividuals.

This is a new issue,demonstrating the National Assembly’s standpoint on protecting the legitimaterights and interests of organisations and individuals in line with nationalsecurity, said Thuan.

Regarding concerns relatedto the granting of sub-licences to telecommunications and Internet-basedcompanies, Thuan said that the issues were carefully considered alongsideconsultations with the business community during the building of the law.

“There are no obstacles andthere will be none of the sub-licences as rumoured”, stated Thuan.

Luu Binh Nhuong, standingmember of the National Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs, said thatconcerns about limited freedom of speech once the law is adopted are baselessas the issue is not regulated in the Law on Cyber Security, but the Civil Code.

The law only controls issuesrelated to cyber security and does not prohibit freedom of speech, said he.

“Translating the Law onCyber Security as prohibiting freedom of speech is a misunderstanding and itshould not be referred to in that way”, stressed Nhuong, adding that the lawonly targets cyber criminals.

The law only focuses onpreventing and combating high-tech and cyber criminals, and matters related tosecurity, and social order and safety are regulated in other laws, heconcluded.


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