Applicability of Vietnamese Internet Regulations to foreign website

An offshore website may be subject to Vietnamese internet regulations in certain cases. In particular,

  • under Decree 72/2013, foreign organizations and individuals must comply with applicable Vietnamese laws in case public information provided by such foreign organizations and individuals involve users in Vietnam or access from Vietnam.  Public information is defined as information which is stored, transmitted, collected and processed via the network and made public to all entities without the need to identify specific name or address of such entities; and
  • an offshore website which provides a platform to connect Vietnamese users or to allow Vietnamese users to share information may be subject to regulations on social network in Vietnam.