“Vietnam Tightens Web Grip With New Cybersecurity Law,” The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2018 A7. The Vietnamese government wants access to all Vietnam-based users’ data.
Several provisions of new law will make the lives of international companies such as Facebook and Google, who must now open an office in Vietnam, store the data of Vietnam-based users in the country, and promptly take down user-posted content at the government’s request.
What happens when an irresistible force (the Internet) encounters and immovable object (the government of a sovereign country)? The US started this (sort of) when it exported the joys of e-discovery. Then Europe replied by imposing global privacy rules. Now China and Vietnam are pushing some of their own requirements, but more as restrictions on Internet companies doing business in their countries.
Who’s going to win?
Intersection of Information, Governance, and Compliance.