Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team up for Data Transfer Project

Doris Richards
July 22, 2018

Today, some of the biggest companies in the world announced that they're going to do something about it, announcing the Data Transfer Project.

"For people on slow or low bandwidth connections, service-to-service portability will be especially important where infrastructure constraints and expense make importing and exporting data to or from the user's system impractical if not almost impossible", said Craig Shank, Vice President for Corporate Standards at Microsoft. "The Project is in its early stages, and we hope more organisations and experts will get involved", he added. "All credentials and user data will be encrypted both in transit and at rest", the company says. Unless you're willing to move things manually or completely abandon your existing data, you're discouraged from switching between services. In its statement, Microsoft said that "for people on slow or low bandwidth connections, service-to-service portability will be especially important where infrastructure constraints and expense make importing and exporting data to or from the user's system impractical if not almost impossible". So for example, if you are moving your photos from Microsoft OneDrive to Google Photos, instead of having to spend hours downloading the pictures from OneDrive and then upload them to Google Photos, you could simply use of the DTP tech to transfer them without all the hassle.

"Users should be in control of their data on the web, part of this is the ability to move their data".

"Our prototype already supports data transfer for several product verticals including: photos, mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks".


"The future of portability will need to be more inclusive, flexible, and open".

You may transfer your data from social media to other platforms soon. However, this feature could enable new competing platforms to attract users by offering them to bring their old data onboard.

The Data Transfer Project uses services' existing APIs and authorisation mechanisms to access data. "We're thrilled to help drive an initiative that incentivizes companies large and small to continue innovating across the internet".

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