NA adopts revised State audit law

A majority of deputies voted to pass the revised Law on State Audit at the ongoing ninth session of the 13th legislature in Hanoi on June 24.

The law has nine chapters and 73 articles stipulating functions, tasks and authority of the State Audit office as well as powers and responsibilities of relevant agencies, organisations and individuals. 

During the day, lawmakers also discussed the draft Law on Information Security, focusing on its name, the scope of regulation, online personal information protection, the management of civil passwords and State responsibility in the field. 

Many delegates proposed changing the name of the bill to be the Law on Cyber Information Security. 

Deputy Pham Trong Nhan from the southern province of Binh Duong said cyber attacks pose risks for State administrative agencies, while security measures have yet to be drawn out. Thus, it is advisable to have a separate chapter featuring security matters, he said. 

Vietnam has the largest number of internet users in Southeast Asia, with 90 percent of the users regularly affected by spam messages and about 6,500 websites attacked, participants said, stressing the importance of protecting online personal information . 

In the afternoon, NA deputies will look into the draft Law on Hydrometeorology and hear a report proposing the appointment of judges to the People’s Supreme Court.