The Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) published a report in May on public procurement guidelines which argued that data localization, a legal requirement for cloud operators in China, “on balance weakens data security.”
The ACCA is a trade organization that represents the cloud industry in Asia.
The authors of the report are executives and public policy experts working at major players in the Asia cloud market, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft, Equinix, and Salesforce.
However, these companies have relatively small cloud operations in China.
According to the International Data Corporation, a US market intelligence firm, Microsoft held 5% and Salesforce 4% of the Software as a Service market in 2018; AWS held 6% of the Infrastructure as a Service market.
Lim added that data localization was not the best way to address these issues.