Children’s protection: Network providers to follow new rules

Update: May, 16/2017 - 18:00
Children are flying kites along Tân Hóa - Lò Gốm Canal in HCM City.— Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Network service providers and individuals are required to get permission from parents, guardians and children above the age of seven before publishing private information of any child on the internet from July 1.

The request follows Government Decree No. 56/2017/NĐ-CP, recently signed by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

According to the decree, private information of a child, including name, age, identifying characteristics and health status, as well as images, home address and school, must be protected.

The move aims to better protect children, avoid child abuse and ensure private information of children it not published on internet.

Parents, guardians, and children above seven can ask network service providers to immediately delete all related images and private information of a child on the internet.

The decree also requested network service providers to publish a list of online products and services safe for children and remove all unsuitable images and content for children.

The public security agency was asked to take prompt action to protect children’s rights on the internet, the decree said.

Additionally, a national hotline with three digits was ordered to be set up to receive complaints related to child protection. The Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affair was tasked with managing the hotline, which will be operated 24x7. People who contact the hotline will not be charged.

Under the Law on Children, the definition of a child is a person under the age of 16. — VNS