According to Article 26 of the government’s Decree 53, the new rules go into effect October 1, 2022 — around seven weeks from the date of its announcement. However, foreign companies have an entire 12 months in which to comply — beginning when they receive instructions from the Minister of Public Security. The companies are then required to store the data in Vietnam for a minimum of 24 months. System logs will need to be stored for 12 months. After this grace period, authorities reserve the right to make sure affected companies are following the law through investigations and data collection requests, as well as content removal orders. Further reading: Vietnam To Make Apple Watch, MacBook For First Time Ever
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