As many of you already know, last year, the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security ("MPS") released the draft decree on the protection of personal data ("PDPD"), which is the first comprehensive legislation of Vietnam dealing with privacy issues. 

The PDPD was set to take effect in December 2021, but so far, has not been passed by the Government.

Recently, Vietnam's Prime Minister addressed the legislation progress of the PDPD in one of his decisions (Decision 06/QD-TTg dated 6 January 2022). 

Key takeaways from Decision 06 are as follows:

  • By May 2022, the MPS would need to submit to the Government the final version of the PDPD for the Government's issuance.
  • Within 2024, the MPS is tasked to conduct research and consultation for the formation of the draft Law on Protection of Personal Data.

Per the Prime Minister's decision, it seems that the PDPD will be a stepping-stone to Vietnam's first Law on Protection of Personal Data. We would expect that this Law will be much more comprehensive than the PDPD.

Given the importance of the subject matter, data privacy rules in Vietnam will dovetail from a draft Decree to a full Law by 2024.  

We will continue to keep you updated on Vietnam's latest legal developments in due course. In the meantime, feel free to give our blog post on the latest version of the PDPD a look.