August 27, 2001
Vietnam introduces new Internet regulations
Author: JT Smith
Associated Press (via CNN) report that Vietnam will introduce new fines for illegal use of the Internet. Effective September 7, creating or distributing viruses, spreading prohibited information, pornography, passwords, or private information will be punishable by fines ranging from 10 million to 50 million dong ($666 to $3,330USD). The decree also allows private companies to offer Internet services in the country; currently there are five providers, all operated by state-owned enterprises. The new ISPs will have to be licensed, and the fine for providing unlicensed access is 70 million dong ($4,666USD).