Vietnam’s Proposed Law on Information Network Security Threatens to Imperil Its ICT Economy

Stephen Ezell July 27, 2016
July 27, 2016

Vietnam's proposed Law on Information Network Security (LONIS) and accompanying implementing legislation places Vietnam’s rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector at risk, writes Stephen Ezell in Innovation Files. The proposed regulations would impose impracticable, near-blanket import-export and business licensing requirements on a wide variety of commercial ICT products containing cryptographic capability, even when encryption or cryptography is not the ICT product's main intent. The proposed rules are far more expansive and burdensome than those promulgated by any other government. Vietnam should exempt ICT products where “the information security function using encryption is not the core function" from the import-export and business licensing/permitting requirements.