TRAI recommends regulation for cloud service providers

• The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested that a self-governing body be set up for cloud service providers (CSP) to take charge of disclosure and audit, monitor the code of conduct and determine transparency requirements in the industry.

About:

• CSP are companies that offer network services, infrastructure, or business applications in the cloud. Cloud services are hosted in a data center that can be accessed by companies or individuals using network connectivity.

• India is currently home to multiple cloud regions such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure etc.

• TRAI has suggested that a self-governing body beset up for CSP to take charge of disclosure and audit, monitor the code of conduct and determine transparency requirements in the industry.

• Need is felt because of explosion of data, coupled with the emergence of standalone data centre firms, technology companies and telecom service providers in India.

Key recommendations:

• A light touch regulatory framework by forming the industry body in a three-step process
Enrollment of CSPs Formation of an ad-hoc body to frame broad rules, organisational structure and election procedure.

• Election of office bearers to take over its functioning.

• Telecom service providers should not be allowed to share infrastructure and platforms related to Telegraph with a CSP who is not a member of the industry body.

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Mains Paper 2: Polity

Prelims level: Cloud service providers

Mains level: Key recommendations regarding regulation of Cloud service providers

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