Regulation of the Cloud in India

Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 15, No. 4, p. 7, October 2011

13 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2011 Last revised: 24 Dec 2013

See all articles by Patrick Spaulding Ryan Ph.D.

Patrick Spaulding Ryan Ph.D.

Berkeley Law; Stanford University

Ronak Merchant

University of Colorado at Boulder

Sarah Falvey

Google Inc

Date Written: July 30, 2011


Cloud computing is growing, and it is growing fast. But it is not new, and its roots are as old as computing itself – with significant history going back to the 1950s. However, because of the rapid growth of cloud computing, many regulatory authorities believe that it should be regulated and that new laws should be passed to control the perceived risks. This paper was written in the context of a proceeding at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which is considering regulatory models for cloud computing. We show that cloud computing is a powerful enabler of technology for consumers and SMEs worldwide, and regulators should use existing rules where possible so that the industry can develop. There are many laws and regulations in India that sufficiently protect consumers from breach of data, from breach of contract, theft, and from misuse of data.

Keywords: cloud computing, internet regulation, Grosh's law, Minitel

JEL Classification: F20, K10, L51, L63

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Patrick and Merchant, Ronak and Falvey, Sarah, Regulation of the Cloud in India (July 30, 2011). Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 15, No. 4, p. 7, October 2011, Available at SSRN:

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