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The Latest Draft Cybersecurity Sanction Decree: Unveiling Vietnam’s ambition to strictly enforce newly issued personal data protection regulations

Over the past few years, Vietnamese authorities have been diligently developing an all-encompassing legal framework to effectively govern cyberspace-related activities and the emerging issues within Vietnam’s cybersecurity domain, in particular, those related to personal data protection. Notably, such efforts include the 2018 Law on Cybersecurity and its guiding legislation (i.e., Decree No. 53/2022/ND-CP dated 15 August 2022), and the country’s first comprehensive legislation on personal data protection (i.e., Decree No. 13/2023/ND-CP dated 17 April 2023 “Decree 13”)).  Unfortunately, the final piece of this “puzzle” that stipulates sanctions against non-compliance with those regulations has yet to materialize, hindering authorities’ bold goal of tightening cybersecurity in Vietnam.
In an attempt to complete this important framework, early this month (i.e., 2 May 2024)...To read the full article, please see the PDF file

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村田 知信

Since 2010, he has been continuously handling transactions, disputes, and regulatory matters related to IT technology and the IT industry, intellectual property matters including measures against counterfeit products, and data protection matters concerning personal data and trade secrets. He also has abundant knowledge on cybersecurity practices and is registered as a registered information security specialist (national qualification in Japan). After studying in the U.S. and the U.K., he moved to Vietnam and then Thailand. Since then, he has been involved in the above-mentioned matters not only in Japan but also in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries. While there are few Japanese lawyers in Southeast Asia who specialize in the above-mentioned matters, he supports international companies by utilizing both his abundant knowledge and practical experience in the above-mentioned matters and his local experience and network in Southeast Asia.



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Tuan Anh joined our firm in August 2015 after spending approximately seven years practicing law at local firms, which included one of the first-tier local law firms in Vietnam. Through his extensive expertise in compliance-related matters, e-commerce platforms and operation, and corporate crisis management, he provides his clients and Japanese attorneys with tailored legal services in those practice areas in Vietnam. His legal advice, solutions, and recommendations are always appreciated by his Japanese colleagues in our firm’s Vietnam practice group due to their reliability, practicality, and appropriateness. Apart from providing legal advice to clients, he also has lectured clients’ employees on anti-corruption and compliance matters, labor regulations, and personal data protection laws. Furthermore, he is often asked to assist the JCCI in Vietnam in providing comments on key drafts of laws and decrees (e.g., investment and enterprise laws, as well as guiding decrees related thereto) promulgated by the governmental bodies of Vietnam.