Technology companies like Microsoft welcome Trai's cloud computing paper - Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Indian arms of multinational technology companies have welcomed the paper on cloud computing put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on June 10.

"A strong technology infrastructure that harnesses the power of global technology innovations is crucial for India's growth," said a Microsoft India spokesperson. "In this spirit, the proposal set forth by Trai is progressive, as clear regulatory policies will enhance cloud adoption in India across sectors and directly contribute to the country's digital ambition."

The paper covers a broad spectrum of issues including defining policies for cloud computing, systems and processes for information governance framework in cloud from perspectives of lawful interception, more so if it is hosted in a different country, and also whether cloud service providers should be licensed. A clearly defined policy has been a long-standing demand of the industry, which has been asking for guidelines for cloud usage as software as a service models gain prevalence.

They have also asked for clarity on rules of data localisation, an issue addressed in the paper.

"India does not have a separate legislation that deals with cloud computing to combat legal issues pertaining to privacy and confidentiality as in countries like us, UK, Australia and Japan," industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India noted in a report titled 'Conducive policy & regulatory environment to incentivise data centre infrastructure'.

(With inputs from Jochelle Mendonca in Mumbai)

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