Hanoi — Vietnam is preparing to strictly enforce a new cybersecurity law requiring global technology companies to set up local offices and store data locally despite pleas from Facebook, Google and other firms, a government document showed. Vietnamese legislators approved the new law in June overriding strong objections from the business community, rights groups and Western governments including the US, who said the measure would undermine economic development, digital innovation and further stifle political dissent. Google, Facebook and other big technology companies had hoped a draft decree on how the law would be implemented would soften provisions they find most objectionable. But the document seen by Reuters indicates those hopes are unlikely to materialise, potentially setting up a showdown over whether the companies will ultimately comply with the law or pull out of the country. Vietnam's foreign ministry, which handles foreign media requests for comments from the government,...

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