No Pri­vacy Law Means Cloud Tech is Still in the Air Here

Re­port ranks In­dia 18th in cloud com­put­ing Vs 17th 3 years back

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New Delhi: Even as In­dian com­pa­nies and govern­ment move to­wards greater cloud adop­tion, they still have a long way to go be­fore cloud-com­put­ing poli­cies catch up with tech­nol­ogy, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by BSA, The Soft­ware Al­liance.

In­dia ranked 18 out of 24 coun­tries, fall­ing from rank 17 in the same study con­ducted three-years ago. BSA is a non­profit which counts Ap­ple, Mi­crosoft, Adobe, Cisco and IBM as mem­bers. “The find­ing is a sign that the le­gal and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment for cloud com­put­ing in In­dia is not keep­ing pace with cloud in­no­va­tion,” it noted in a statement.

The re­port eval­u­ated 24 coun­tries that ac­count for 80% of the world’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy mar­ket, and scored the coun­tries on seven key pol­icy ar­eas in­clud­ing data pri­vacy, se­cu­rity, cy­ber­crime, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, pro­mot­ing free trade, IT readi­ness and broad­band de­ploy­ment. Ja­pan, US, Ger­many and Canada scored the high­est while In­dia fell be­hind other de­vel­op­ing na­tions such as Malaysia, South Africa, Mex­ico and Ar­gentina.

“It is dis­cour­ag­ing to see In­dia con­tinue to fall be­hind in cloud com­put­ing be­cause of a lack of open­ness to dig­i­tal tra- de and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards,” said Jared Ragland, se­nior di­rec­tor, pol­icy, APAC at BSA. “Coun­tries around the globe must recog­nise their poli­cies af­fect the global cloud mar­ket­place,” he added.

One of the key con­cerns in In­dia, ac­cord­ing to the re­port is a lack of a pri­vacy law. It also said In­dia, China, In­done­sia, Korea and Rus­sia have moved away from ac­cept­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, which can be dam­ag­ing to the pro­mo­tion of free trade.

The re­port, how­ever, found that most coun­tries are ris­ing to the chal­lenges of cy­ber crime and data pro­tec­tion, and placed the onus on pol­icy mak­ers to pro­mote cloud com­put­ing. “In or­der to ob­tain the ben­e­fits of the cloud, pol­icy mak­ers must pro­vide a le­gal and reg­u­la­tory frame­work that will pro­mote in­no­va­tion, pro­vide in­cen­tives to build the in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port it, and pro­mote con­fi­dence that us­ing the cloud will bring the an­tic­i­pated ben­e­fits with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of pri­vacy, se­cu­rity and safety,” it said.

Cloud com­put­ing broadly refers to the on-de­mand or as-aser­vice model which pro­vides shared-pro­cess­ing re­sources and data to com­put­ers and other de­vices on de­mand.

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