Google, Facebook urged to defy Vietnam’s cyber law

Jul 21, 2018, 6:04 AM EDT
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Seventeen U.S. lawmakers have written to the CEOs of Google and Facebook, urging the tech giants to stand up to the Vietnamese government and defy a new cybersecurity law, which critics say, is designed to muzzle public dissent.

The new law, which comes into effect in January next year, requires technology companies like Google, Facebook and others to set up their offices in Vietnam and locally store personal data on users, a provision that makes it easier for regime to crackdown on political activism and quell dissent, writes Reuters.

Earlier, London-based rights group Amnesty International has denounced Vietnamese regime for its push to deprive the citizens of a relatively free online space in the country’s “deeply repressive climate,” reports Radio Free Asia.