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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | New cybersecurity law takes effect in Vietnam Related reading: Council of State to examine Belgian DPA reform bill

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Vietnam's new cybersecurity law took effect, requiring internet companies to remove content communist authorities deem to be against the state, AFP reports. In what critics have called "a totalitarian model of information control," the law will also require tech companies to share user data if asked by the government and to open an office in the country. "This law is designed to further enable the Ministry of Public Security's pervasive surveillance to spot critics, and to deepen the Communist Party's monopoly on power," Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson said. Companies will be required to remove content the government finds "toxic."
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