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Vietnam data storage law rankles Big Tech and CPTPP trade bloc

China-like restrictions set companies scrambling in key test of Pacific trade deal

Vietnam's regulations forcing companies to store user data on domestic servers are expected to affect social media platforms like Google's YouTube and Meta's Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook. (Photo by Lien Hoang)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Technology companies are scrambling to comply with an abrupt regulation to store data in Vietnam, a requirement they say will impair business and put Hanoi on a collision course with a mega trade deal that forbids the forced use of domestic servers.

Internet platforms from YouTube to Facebook had been following drafts of the rule, now called Decree 53, for three years before it was signed into law last month with little notice. It is set to take effect on Oct. 1.

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