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Vietnam passes cybersecurity law despite concerns

AP  |  Hanoi 

Vietnamese legislators have passed a contentious cybersecurity law, which critics say will hurt the economy and further restrict freedom of expression.

The Communist Party-dominated assembly passed the law by a majority on today. The law requires service providers such as and to store user data in Vietnam, open offices in the country and remove offending contents within 24 hours at the request of authorities.

Addressing the assembly before the vote, the of the says the law is necessary to defend the interests of the people and national security.

The US has called on to delay the passage of legislation. The Digital Communications Association says the law may reduce GDP by 1.7 per cent and wipe out foreign investment by 3.1 per cent.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 11:35 IST