Internet cafés ignore government controls

4 Oct 2006

Regulations compelling cybercafé owners to record the details of all customers, including websites they had visited, have been ignored by around 90% of internet café owners. The communist regime admits there have been problems implementing the regulations, first introduced in 2005 by the ministries of Post and Telecommunications, Public Security and Culture and Information,. Its firewall is to limit access to pornography and political websites deemed hostile to the regime. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Vietnam had around 2.9 million internet users at the end of 2005, 90% of whom were connecting via dial-up lines.