Vietnam’s Law on Cyber Information Security (“LOCIS”) came into effect 1 July 2016. The LOCIS imposes, inter alia, restrictions and conditions on entities engaging in the import, export and trade of (i) civil encryption products and services, and (ii) other cyber information security products and services.

Decree No. 58/2016/ND-CP (“Decree 58”) (see our previous alert here) clarifies and further details the restrictions and conditions on entities that engage in the import, export and trade of civil encryption products and services (under the administration of the Government’s Cipher Committee). Decree No. 58 came into effect 1 July 2016.

Correspondingly, the Government passed Decree No. 108/2016/ND-CP (“Decree 108”) on 1 July 2016, which further details the restrictions, conditions and business license application procedure for entities engaging in the import, export and trade of other cyber information security products (under the administration of the Ministry of Information and Communications (“MIC”)). However, as opposed to Decree No. 58, Decree No. 108 required an implementing Circular to detail the permit application procedure for the import of other cyber information security products (“CIS Products”).

Consequently, the MIC recently published the Draft Circular (“Draft Circular”) that details such procedure. Public comment on the Draft Circular may be made until 25 December 2016.

Click here to read our key points from the Draft Circular.