Countries around the world continue to demand access to data flowing across the borders or to which there is access from their country. India has previously demanded access to RIM’s data, but has now broadened its request to other providers.
These requests have implications for the cloud. The US is often singled out because of the US Patriot Act, but other countries have the same legal authority. India is only the most recent of a list of countries that is sure to grow longer. If companies and individuals become too concerned that their data is being accessed by governments, they may be less willing to adopt new technologies. This could have economic ramifications as well.
Of course, it’s relatively easy to thwart government monitoring if you want to, but I suppose there is always some fool out there chatting in the open. The recent Mumbai attacks will only increase the pressure.