Thursday, March 15, 2012

E-Discovery For Cloud Computing In India

Cloud computing is increasingly seen as a viable business opportunity in India. However, there are many problems associated with cloud computing in India as well. For example we have no dedicated legal framework for cloud computing in India. In fact, cloud computing in India is legally risky.

The importance of legal framework for cloud computing and its regulation in India is also evidence if we analyse the recently proposed national telecom policy 2012 of India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also recommended a good legal framework for cloud computing in India. TRAI has approved many techno legal suggestions of Perry4Law in this regard, including the one pertaining to cloud computing.

The legal sector is also related to cloud computing in another manner. Cloud computing often involves regulatory issues pertaining to litigations and court cases. This is more so where electronic discovery (e-discovery) pertaining to cloud computing is involved. For instance, e-discovery for social media would be frequently undertaken in future, including in India. Similarly, virtual data rooms for legal compliances in India and elsewhere would be frequently used in future. These virtual data rooms may be based upon cloud computing technology.

Similarly, data rooms, legal compliances and merger and acquisitions are also closely related. In future, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions in India and world wide would be done in a cloud environment. This would have cost benefits and efficiency advantages.

However, electronic discovery (e-discovery) in India is still maturing. Individuals and organisations are still getting familiar with concepts like cyber law, cyber forensics, e-discovery, digital evidencing, etc. Further, Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) are providing the exclusive techno legal electronic discovery (e-discovery) services In India.

Perry4Law and PTLB suggest that both e-discovery and cloud computing need to have strong and effective legal frameworks. Te sooner it is done the better it would be for the e-discovery and cloud computing industry of India.