NA discusses draft Law on Cyber Security

Tuesday, 2017-11-14 05:07:40
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NA deputies discuss in groups the draft Law on Cyber Security on November 13.
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NDO – A majority of the National Assembly (NA) deputies agreed on the need to issue the Law on Cyber Security, while discussing in groups at on the draft law, during the ongoing fourth session of the 14th NA in Hanoi on November 13.

Ngo Minh Chau, a deputy of Ho Chi Minh City, stated that amid the threats from cybercrimes to information safety, the building of a draft Law on Cyber Security is necessary aiming to prevent, combat, respond to and overcome the consequences caused by cyber-based attacks and terrorism.

However, some deputies noted that a number of provisions in the draft Cyber Security Law still overlap with those in the Laws on Cipher, Electronic Transaction, Cyber Information Security, and National Defence.

According to Nghiem Vu Khai, a deputy of Hai Phong, cyber security is a long-term strategy and plays a part of cyber information safety, so it is essential to consider the accordance and compatibility with the Law on Cyber Information Security.

The draft Law on Cyber Security should focus on adjusting the operations of safeguarding national security, maintaining social order and safety, and protecting the rights and legitimate interests of organisations and individuals using cyber space, he said, stressing that the provisions in the draft law needs to closely follow these goals.

Sharing the viewpoint that some provisions in the draft law are still facing duplicity with other documents, Can Tho’s deputy, Nguyen Thanh Xuan, asked the compilation board to clearly identify the adjustment scope of the draft law, whilst reviewing the provisions aiming to address the aforementioned shortcomings and ensure the efficiency of State management on this issue.

With regards to the State’s policies on cyber security (Article 4), some ideas suggested the supplementation of policies on the protection of national cyber space infrastructure as well as the system of important information on national security; the development of human resources for the work; and the arrangement of capital for cyber security safeguarding.

Concerning the prohibited behaviours stipulated in Article 8 of the draft law, some NA deputies proposed the reviewing of relevant acts stipulated in the Penal Code in order to include them in the draft law, suggesting the design of prohibitions in the direction of banning acts of infringement, sabotage, attacks on the system of important information on national security; prohibiting the use of computer networks, telecommunications networks, electronic means and cyberspace to commit acts of offending national security and social order and safety; and banning the use of computer networks, telecommunication networks, electronic means and cyberspace to infringe upon the human rights and legitimate rights and interests of organisations and individuals.

On the same day, NA deputies also commented on the draft Law on State Secrets Protection.