Vietnam wants more control over biometric data of foreign companies’ customers


Foreign tech companies, including social media platforms, doing business in Vietnam have 13 months to store their Vietnamese customers’ data ashore. They must also create a physical presence in the Southeast Asian nation by October 2023.

The autocratic government, led by the local Communist Party, also insists that these onshore databases must remain there for two years.

For domestic companies, the deadline is October 1.

According at, officials said the measure would improve Vietnam’s cybersecurity.

Data ranging from biometric scans and financial records to internet browsing data are explicitly targeted.

Decree 53 has been in the works for “years”, according to an article in the specialized publication Connectontech. It is unclear why he was on hold.

Beyond the location order, the decree allows local authorities to remove information deemed illegal or fake news. In addition, local authorities will have the power to “collect data for the purpose of investigating and dealing with illegal activities in cyberspace”, according to Connectontech.

The Vietnamese government also announced the launch of a digital ID for citizens earlier this month.

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biometric data | biometrics | cybersecurity | data storage | legislation | social media | Vietnam


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