A new report suggests that the panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country. This proposal comes as a big blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer cloud services.  This move could raise costs because they will need to ramp up the number and size of data storage centers in India and some of them are moved on to small-time startups to large corporations. This proposal is the latest in a series of moves that seeks to spur data localization in India, as the government finalizes an overarching data protection law. Local data storage requirements for digital payments and e-commerce sectors are also being planned. This proposal is aimed at making the data stored in the cloud easily accessible. This push for localization of data comes at the time of heightened global scrutiny of how companies store user data. The draft report of the cloud policy panel, headed by the co-founder of Indian tech giant Infosys, Kris Gopalakrishnan, said a “forward-looking” data protection regime is needed as India’s IT laws framework was “not sufficient” for cloud computing. He further added: “We recommend localization of cloud data and any data that is ...

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