No Privacy Law Means Cloud Tech is Still in the Air Here
Report ranks India 18th in cloud computing Vs 17th 3 years back
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.