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Vietnam's cybersecurity law sparks concerns from businesses

Google, Facebook and local companies say restrictions will harm investment climate

Vietnamese legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of a controversial new cybersecurity law on Tuesday, sparking an outcry from human rights organizations and business lobbies.    © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY -- The National Assembly of Vietnam, the country's legislative body, approved a controversial cybersecurity law on Tuesday, sparking concerns about free speech from domestic as well as foreign business communities.

Among 466 members of parliament, 423 voted for the bill, 15 against, with 28 abstaining. With an approval rating of 86.86%, the law will come into effect on January 1, 2019.

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