Tech giants like Microsoft welcome Trai’s cloud computing paper

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

“A strong technology infrastructure that harnesses the power of global technology innovations is crucial for India’s growth,” stated 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, involving defining policies for cloud computing, systems and processes for information governance framework in cloud from the viewpoint of lawful interception, more so if it is hosted in a different country, and also whether cloud service providers should be licensed. A plainly defined policy has been a long-standing demand of the industry, which has been questioned for guidelines for cloud usage as software as a service models gain prevalence.

They have also asked for clarity on rules of data localization, 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 stated in a report titled ‘Conducive policy & regulatory environment to incentivise data centre infrastructure’.