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MeitY stepping up cloud service offerings

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is stepping up cloud service offerings for both domestic and global cloud service providers for data storage by Indian authorities, the government said in response to a question posed in the House of Commons on Wednesday said.

Asked whether the government has plans and guidelines regarding data that government agencies can store in international cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, said: I said yes. Cloud service offerings are recognized after standardized tests and audits are conducted by quality certification authorities to ensure that international security standards are met.

“Additionally, the terms of use for Empanelment state that data I reside in India and there is no legal framework other than Indian law governing the operation of cloud services,” Chandrasekhar wrote in response to an unstarred question.

The minister said that with the expansion of the internet, the amount of data generated, stored and processed has increased significantly and the need to protect such data has been highlighted.

“(IT) Regulations clearly stipulate that companies must obtain prior permission from the information provider before disclosing sensitive personal data or information to third parties. person, or if disclosure is necessary to comply with a legal obligation,” he said.

In another question about deepfake apps, Chandrasekhar said the government is aware of the same and that these can pose significant security risks.

“() As more and more Indians access the internet, we will not be able to provide information that is harmful or pornographic, or that may threaten national security, or that is false, or that is manifestly false and untrue; Altering a person’s image or voice to make it look like another person, or creating an image or voice that looks like a person is called a ‘deep fake’. Any technology that can create a can pose a security risk. Individuals, companies, countries. ”

Chandrasekhar said the regulations under the 2000 IT Act contain several provisions to protect users in cyberspace. He argued that the law does not allow the use of computer resources, such as falsification of computer source documents (section 65), publication or transmission of obscene material in electronic form, or sexually explicit conduct (sections 67, 67A and 67B). said it would punish various cyber crimes related to.

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