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Information protection law presented to NA

Released at: 15:20, 04/06/2015

Information protection law presented to NA

Draft law on supplying personal information by organizations and individuals on the internet.

by Minh Tuyet

The National Assembly (NA) considered a draft law on June 4 regarding organizations and individuals supplying or sharing the information of others or collecting and supplying the information of others to a third party. The law targets such activities on the internet.

Authorized by the Prime Minister, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son submitted the draft law to the NA, which has articles on protecting private information, stipulations on collecting and using private information, and the responsibility of the State in protecting private information on the internet.

The draft law also notes the responsibilities of organization and individuals (users) who collect and use the information of others (owners). They must seek permission before using or collecting such information, inform the owners when changing the purpose of using such information, and inform the owners when providing such information to a third party.

Owners can request the users cease supplying their information to a third party or not allow them to change the purpose of using the information.

Director of the Science, Technology and Environment Committee, Mr. Pham Xuan Dung, believes the draft law still contains limitations. It does not identify prohibited activities in collecting and using the private information of others.

No sanctions are contained within the draft law. Mr. Dung also said that stipulations on collecting and using private information for the State were not clear.

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