Vietnam’s long-awaited draft Personal Data Protection Decree (PDPD) appears ready to come to life!

1.        Government’s Resolution 13

On 7 February 2023, the Vietnam Government issued Resolution No. 13/NQ-CP (Resolution 13) to formally approve all the PDPD formulation dossier, including the draft decree’s content, as well as to seek appraisal comments from the National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) on the draft decree. Resolution 13 signifies the upcoming issuance of the PDPD.

Another takeaway from Resolution 13 is that it helps reveal the exceptions from obtaining consent to process personal data that will be included in the PDPD. The exceptions are highly similar to those we reported last year concerning Government Resolution No. 27/NQ-CP dated 7 March 2022, which you can read further by clicking the hyperlink.

We note that Resolution 13 and Resolution 27 are not legally binding, and hence, the consent exceptions should be regarded as for reference only.

2.        National Assembly’s appraisal of the draft PDPD

On 8 February, the National Assembly’s Defense and Security Committee (DSC) held a plenary conference to appraise the draft PDPD. Though the major substance of PDPD has not been released to the public, we note below two issues regarding the PDPD:

  • Regarding the issuance date: the DSC has agreed to submit the PDPD to the NASC for final approval. If everything goes smoothly, the draft PDPD could be issued by early March 2023.
  • Regarding the effective date: Under the latest version of the draft PDPD, the effective date is set to be 1 July 2023. During the conference, some delegates expressed concerns that the draft PDPD contains various new requirements that demand a reasonable roadmap for compliance. Hence, the PDPD’s effective date could be set to be later than 1 July 2023, or there could be a grace period granted to comply with certain obligations.

Manh-Hung Tran is the practice group leader of the Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Practice Groups of Vietnam offices. For years, he has been constantly ranked as a leading IP lawyer by numerous researchers such as Chambers Global and Chambers Asia. He regularly writes articles concerning pressing legal issues in both English and Vietnamese, and his works have been published regularly in various reputable publications. He has assisted the government in reviewing and revising the IP Law, the IP provisions under the country’s criminal code, the draft e-Transaction Law, and the first draft Personal Data Protection Decree, etc. While Hung's practices run the full gamut of IP work, he also specializes in the Telecommunications, Media, and Technology (TMT) practice, advising multinational corporations on data privacy, monetization, product reviews, AdTech, regulatory and user rights, cybersecurity, e-commerce, offshore social media, digital services, data breach and incidents, and other emerging technologies. He has been assisting international film studios and streaming clients with various film and TV series productions in Vietnam.