Among the study's findings:
- Singapore has moved up the rankings with a new privacy law that recognizes people's right to protect their personal information and companies' need to use data for reasonable purposes.
- Malaysia crossed the divide between mature and developing economies by bolstering cybercrime and IP laws and opening itself for increased digital trade.
- Canada, Russia, and India all moved up the rankings by implementing international IP agreements.
- Europe has stalled against the backdrop of ongoing debates over privacy laws.
- Indonesia and Vietnam are among the countries tying up foreign cloud providers in red tape, imposing data-location requirements, or restricting the flow of data across borders.
"In the global economy, companies should be able to do business wherever they find a market — and customers should have access to the best the world has to offer," said Holleyman. "Everyone's policies affect the global cloud marketplace. We don't need identical laws across every country, but they all should promote good data stewardship while enabling business innovation in a fast-moving marketplace."
BSA proposes an updated, seven-point policy blueprint for governments around the world to create an environment conducive to cloud growth and innovation:
- Ensuring privacy: Users must have faith their information will be treated carefully, and providers must have freedom to move data efficiently in the cloud.
- Promoting security: Effective risk management requires flexibility to implement cutting-edge security solutions.
- Battling cybercrime: Law enforcement and cloud providers alike need effective legal mechanisms to combat illicit access to data.
- Protecting IP: Laws should provide clear protection and enforcement against infringement of underlying cloud innovations.
- Ensuring data portability and harmonizing global rules: Governments should work with industry to develop standards that facilitate data flows while minimizing conflicting legal obligations.
- Promoting free trade: Eliminate barriers such as preferences for particular products or service providers.
- Bolster IT infrastructure: Provide incentives for investment in broadband and promote universal access.
The full, 24-country rankings, detailed findings, and policy blueprint are available at www.bsa.org/cloudscorecard.About BSA 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