First report to track changes in global cloud policy benchmarks finds
Japan, Australia and US in the lead
TORONTO, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - In a first-ever analysis of the shifting
international policy landscape for cloud computing, a new study ranks
Canada nine out of 24 leading IT economies, a sign of improvement from
its starting position of 12 a year earlier.
BSA | The Software Alliance evaluated national laws and regulations in
seven policy areas critical to the development of a globally integrated
cloud marketplace. The findings released today in the 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard build on a first edition of the study, published in early 2012.
"It is encouraging that Canada has risen in the rankings by adopting
policies that are conductive to cloud innovation — but there remains
room for improvement," said BSA Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Matt Reid. "Every country's policies affect the global cloud marketplace. It is
imperative for Canada to focus on improvements in cybercrime and
security in order to improve its standing and help grow the global
The Scorecard's biggest mover is fifth-ranked Singapore, which vaults up
five places after adopting a new privacy law that builds user trust
while also promoting business innovation. The study finds that Japan
continues to lead the global rankings with a comprehensive suite of
laws supporting digital commerce. Australia remains in second place,
and the US edged into third this year, pushing Germany into fourth
place in the rankings.
The study finds that cloud policy improvements in many of the world's
biggest IT markets have stalled. Notably, all six European Union
countries covered in the study have lost ground in the rankings. Others
are effectively unplugging themselves from the global market — with
especially counterproductive policies in Korea, Indonesia and China.
"We're seeing patchy progress in the policy landscape for cloud
computing," said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. "Mismatched
privacy and security rules are making it hard for data to flow across
borders, and too many countries are chopping off pieces of the cloud
for themselves. This undercuts economies of scale that would benefit
To capture maximum benefit from cloud computing, BSA advocates a policy
blueprint covering each of the seven areas in the study — data privacy,
cybersecurity, cybercrime, intellectual property, technology
interoperability and legal harmonization, free trade, and ICT
Specifically, BSA recommends policymakers take the following actions:
Ensure privacy: Users must have faith their information will be treated carefully, and
providers must have freedom to move data efficiently in the cloud.
Promote security: Effective risk management requires flexibility to implement cutting-edge
Battle cybercrime: Law enforcement and cloud providers alike need effective legal
mechanisms to combat illicit access to data.
Protect IP: Laws should provide clear protection and enforcement against
infringement of underlying cloud innovations.
Ensure data portability and harmonizing global rules: Governments should work with industry to develop standards that
facilitate data flows while minimizing conflicting legal obligations.
Promote free trade: Eliminate barriers such as preferences for particular products or
Bolster IT infrastructure: Provide incentives for investment in broadband and promote universal
The full, 24-country rankings, including detailed findings for Canada
and BSA's policy blueprint are available at www.bsa.org/cloudscorecard.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an
association of world-class companies that invest billions of dollars
annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and
improve modern life. Through international government relations,
intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA
expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and
confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.
SOURCE: BSA | The Software Alliance
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