On April 17, 2023, Vietnam issued its long-awaited, first-ever comprehensive data privacy law, Decree No. 13/2023/ND on the Protection of Personal Data (Decree). The Decree will take effect on July 1, 2023, without any transition period. All Vietnamese and foreign businesses located in Vietnam or carrying out data processing activities in Vietnam must comply with the Decree.

The issuance of the Decree follows an extensive and protracted series of public consultations and numerous rounds of review of its proposed text since the release of a first draft in February 2021. The final text of the issued Decree is currently only available in the Vietnamese language.[1]
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