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Facebook violated tough new cybersecurity law, says Vietnam

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Back in June, when Vietnam passed a new cybersecurity law giving its government sweeping powers to monitor online activity, Amnesty International called it a “devastating blow for freedom of expression,” leaving “no safe place for people to speak freely” in Vietnam:

The law would give sweeping new powers to the Vietnamese authorities, allowing them to force technology companies to hand over potentially vast amounts of data, including personal information, and to censor users’ posts.

At the same time, internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter warned that provisions for data localization, controls on content that affect free speech, and local office requirements would harm the country’s economic development.

The draconian law took effect on the first day of the new year, and less than 10 days later, the government began flexing its new legal muscle. On Tuesday, Vietnam threatened Facebook, claiming that it’s violated the new law by not removing what it says is...(continued)

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