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UK drops in cloud ranking

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has published its latest survey on how countries perform worldwide in terms of cloud services and it’s tough news for the Brits – we’re down two places at number nine.

The rankings are based on the legal and regulatory environment each country offers.

The report suggests that the UK’s security and data protection laws are in fact blocking a handful of services, so for the first time Italy and Canada have overtaken it as desirable places in which to place data. Most countries have improved their approach since the BSA published its last scorecard in 2013.

The top five and therefore the ones to beat are Japan, the United States, Germany, Canada and France.

“It’s worrying to see the UK starting to fall behind other faster-moving nations in creating policies which enable cloud innovation,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “It’s critical for global leading nations like the UK to be on the front foot in creating robust policy frameworks fit for the digital age to prevent protectionism, so governments, businesses and consumers can benefit from the various benefits cloud computing offers. The report is a wake-up call for all governments to work together to ensure the benefits of the cloud around the globe.”

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