• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Mains Paper 2: Polity
Prelims level: Cloud service providers
Mains level: Key recommendations regarding regulation of Cloud service providers