BackStories » Vietnam » New Law Aims to Protect Children's Privacy Rights Online

New Law Aims to Protect Children's Privacy Rights Online

Vietnam's new law on children, which comes into effect today, prohibits adults from posting photos and information of children online without their permission.

A revision to Vietnam's law on children now entitles children to privacy rights, especially online.

Accordingly, in order to publish information about kids aged seven and above online, consent must be obtained from them and their parents or guardians. Based on Article 33 from Decree 56, this encompasses the revelation of a child's name and age, identification traits, photos, contact information and even school records.

News of the new law has left some parents worried that their habit of posting their kids' photos on social network sites may become illegal, reports Tuoi Tre.

Nguyen Duc Lam, a law practitioner in Ho Chi Minh City, confirmed their fear with the news source: "Parents may breach the law by posting photos and the intimate information of their own children on Facebook or other online platforms."

But some law experts have interpreted the wording of the legal documents differently. Nguyen Thi Thuy Huong, a member of Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association, told Lao Dong that the clause only applies to governmental bodies, companies and organizations, as laid down by Decree 56’s Article 36. Therefore, she said, parents, who are also their children's guardians by default, are not violating the law by sharing family vacation photos or showing off their kid's school reports online.

Other lawyers, however, are more concerned about enforcing the law. "Penalizing offenders will be difficult in the beginning, as posting photos of children online has become too common to keep track of," Vu Tien Vinh, director of Hanoi-based law firm Bao An, told Zing in Vietnamese, while stressing the importance of the law in Vietnam’s current social context. However, he also commented that its main purpose should not be to fine perpetrators, but to increase parents' awareness about the consequences of their online presences.

[Photo via Tuoi Tre]

Related Articles

- Vietnamese Parents Should Decide How Many Children to Have: Health Ministry

- Vietnamese Celebrity Fined For Letting Her Child Urinate In Vomit Bag

- Legislators Call for Law to Preserve Vietnamese Language

Related Articles

in Vietnam

$14 Million Approved For Restoration Of Hanoi’s 112-Year-Old Long Biên Bridge

The fate of one of Vietnam’s most beloved and storied structures took another positive turn last week when the government approved a $14 million restoration package for Long Biên Bridge.

in Vietnam

'Amazing Race Vietnam' Apologizes for Challenge Harming Coral Reef

An underwater challenge during this year’s installment of The Amazing Race Vietnam is not sitting well with environmentalists.

in Vietnam

'Engaging With Vietnam' Conference Ruminates on Heritage in Huế

“Living with Heritage, (Re)Creating Heritage: Vietnam and the World” is the title of the 14th Engaging with Vietnam conference, a series of activities including academic panel discussions, keynote tal...

in Vietnam

10 Killed, Over 30 Missing in Central and Northern Vietnam as Storm Son-Tinh Brings Flash Floods

Heavy rains from storm Son-Tinh, which eventually weakened to a tropical depression, have caused flash floods and fatalities in central Vietnam.

in Vietnam

104-Year-Old Great-Great Grandmother Fights Off Robber

Taking advantage of the elderly will inevitably result in some bad karma, a lesson a Dong Nai man quickly learned after attempting to rob Vo Thi Bai, a 104-year-old woman.

in Vietnam

116-Year-Old Recognized As Vietnam's Oldest Man

The Vietnam Record Organization (VRO) has recognized 116-tear-old Y'N Dong of Đắk Nông Province as the country’s oldest man, reports Vietnam Net.

Partner Content