Saturday, February 5, 2011

Should India Use Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a profitable business model, especially in India. This is the reason why it has been literally imposed upon Indian netizens without telling them of the dangers of the same.

India has a weak cyber law, ineffective cyber security and lack of privacy, data protection and data security laws. In other words, cloud computing is a perfect breading ground for cyber criminals of India and word over.

Lack of regulatory and security support has discouraged a dominant majority of CEOs in India to use cloud computing for their business. Add to these woes the incidences of frequent leakage of sensitive information in India as well as growing unaccountable e-surveillance in India.

Imagine a situation where the cloud computing service providers have nothing to loose by intentional or unintentional leakage of sensitive information. They cannot be challenges in a court of law as they would not be violating any law.

Further, if the security agencies are accessing that information, even without a court warrant, these cloud computing service providers would be more than happy to oblige them.

India must first establish proper legal frameworks for privacy, data security, data protection, lawful interceptions and effective cyber laws. Equally important is a law on information security that is missing in India.

Till these laws are in place, cloud computing is a risky and undesirable model in India.