Canada improves position in global cloud computing policy rankings

Canada is getting better when it comes to facilitating the proper legislative, policy and privacy framework to facilitate cloud computing, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

In its second analysis of the shifting international policy landscape for cloud computing, the BSA ranked Canada ninth out of 24 leading IT economies, up from No. 12 in last year’s report. The study evaluated national laws and regulations in seven policy areas critical to the development of a globally integrated cloud marketplace.

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“It’s 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 of external affairs, Matt Reid, in a statement.  “Every country’s policies affect the global cloud marketplace. It’s imperative for Canada to focus on improvements in cybercrime and security in order to improve its standing and help grow the global cloud.”

To capture maximum benefit from cloud computing, the BSA recommends action in seven key areas –not coincidentally, also the area of focus for the study – namely, data privacy, cybersecurity, cybercrime, intellectual property, technology interoperability and legal harmonization, free trade, and ICT infrastructure.

Canada lost marks in the study in several areas, including the lack of a breach notification law and regulations around ISP takedowns of copyright infringing content.

Japan topped the rankings, followed by Australia and the United States.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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