Vietnam lawmakers demand more control of social media

Many Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) deputies have voiced their concerns over insecurity for users of social media, requesting tightened controls over online information to protect the users.
These deputies expressed such concerns at an NA meeting on Wednesday to discuss the draft Law on Cyber Information Safety.
Nguyen Thanh Hai, a deputy from northern Hoa Binh Province, proposed that the NA adopt regulations on protecting private information on the Internet and keeping adolescents from being harmed while using social media.
As advocacy for his proposal, Hai briefed the meeting on the death of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in the southern province of Dong Nai, who killed herself by drinking weed killer on June 17 after finding that a sex clip involving her and her boyfriend had been uploaded on Facebook.
“It is possible to say that social media have contributed to driving the girl to a heartbreaking end,” Hai said.
An important issue here is what should be done by competent state agencies to prevent such regretful incidents from recurring in the future, the deputy stressed.
Another deputy, Do Manh Hung, from northern Thai Nguyen Province, told the meeting that he always feels uneasy when using social networking sites.
“Whenever I access social media, I have a feeling that I am being monitored by someone who has even been using my private information for their own purposes,” Hung said.
The lawmaker suggested that there should be specific rules on the transparency and publicity of providing services for Internet users, and on the collection, storage and use of personal information both for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Regarding this issue, Nguyen Thi Thuong, a deputy from Hanoi, said, “In order to effectively protect personal information, it is necessary to identify acts that are considered a threat to information safety and then enforce regulations to ban such acts.”

Sharing the same view with Thuong, Pham Trong Nhan, a deputy from southern Binh Duong Province, said, “We should not ignore recent warnings from cyber security firms that Vietnam ranks first in the list of countries with users of Internet systems and computers that are most vulnerable to attacks by malicious software in the world.”
Nhan suggested that the committee which drafted the law should draw up regulations that are able to effectively protect cyber information systems in Vietnam.
There should also be rules on Internet users, data security, and personal mobile devices that are allowed to be used, Nhan added.
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John Smith 26/6/15 12:41

Maintaining privacy on social networks is much like hanging all your dirty laundry on a highway billboard—and then asking only your friends to look. While it's possible to avoid sharing your life's story with the entire world, it takes a lot of effort and is often contrary to the goals of the services you use. Remember: these services are free because they’re selling access to you.

Gentle Moon 26/6/15 12:43

No matter which service you use, it’s incumbent on you to find out where these settings live (Google is your friend in that regard).

LawrenceSamuels 26/6/15 12:44

Additionally, you should always keep an eye out for changes in the service's privacy policies and adjust your settings accordingly.

Jane smartnic 26/6/15 12:44

consider what you put in your profile in the first place. There’s no rule that you have to provide all the information for which there’s a field. If you don’t want everyone to know how old you are, don’t fill in that birthday field. It’s possible to provide virtually no private information yet still use the service.

yobro yobro 26/6/15 12:45

Most services show the world a public profile, one that’s different from the one your network can see. But that public profile can still include some pretty private information.

Love Peace 26/6/15 12:50

Review your profile and see what information is public. Check your settings, then log out and look at your profile. Have a friend check from his or her account.

MaskOf Zero 26/6/15 12:51

With your approval, most social networks allow access from external applications, third-party games, and third-party sites such as Twitter. Some of these apps require complete access to your account, including ongoing access to all of your activities, perhaps even your friends’ information.

Only Solidar 26/6/15 12:54

Depending on the service and application, you may be able to control what such applications can access. Do you really need to give that snowball app access to all your photos and posts?

Pack Cassiopian 26/6/15 12:55

You and your friends can be the biggest threat to your privacy. You may accidentally reveal too much about yourself by tweeting, posting, or updating without considering the consequences.

Deck Hero14 26/6/15 12:56

The first rule of social networking: Assume that everything you post is public and accessible to anyone forever. These networks are great for sharing and connecting, not so great for private communication. So think before you post.

Funny Day 2/7/15 05:59

I think it's important that users need to know the downside of the internet to be more careful. it's better some private information shouldn't be stored on the internet

Williams Melanie 2/7/15 06:19

the government should severely punish computer crimes involving profiteering or bad actions on the Internet to deter others

Davis Caroline 2/7/15 06:29

social network is popularly used especiallyby young people. they can upload everything without awareness of it's danger, that has leaded to many unfortunate cases in the past time

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