On 11 December 2018, the Ministry of Information and Communications ("MIC") held a Conference on the Development of the Code of Conduct for Social Networks in Hanoi, seeking comments and opinions on the matter.

As reported in the press, the Code of Conduct sets out four fundamental principles: Respect, Responsibility, Effectiveness and Safety. In addition to these general rules, there are specific rules and guidelines that are either mandatory or highly recommended for service providers and service users to comply with.

Pursuant to the draft Code of Conduct, information issued by Vietnam's authorities and organizations to service users, including information about identification cards, passports, or bank accounts, will be regarded as digital resources of Vietnam and must be protected under the laws of Vietnam.

According to Mr. Do Quy Vu - Deputy Director of National Institute of Information and Communications Strategy, this Code of Conduct does not conflict with Vietnam's commitments to protect civil liberties and the freedom to conduct business according to international treaties that Vietnam is a party to, nor does this Code of Conduct discriminate between domestic and foreign service providers and users. The Code of Conduct does not aim to impose any sanctions on those in breach, but rather sets out recommended social norms. As such, this Code of Conduct will not be issued by any State management agencies. Civil servants working in the State apparatus may have their own separate codes of conduct that are issued by State agencies and organizations.1

The draft Code of Conduct has not been officially released to the public.

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