Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter Come Together to Simplify Data Transfers


It’s been always a problem to transfer data between different services and to tackle the problem big-wigs of the technology companies have teamed up to make it a reality, called Data Transfer Project (DTP). The four major players of the era Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft came together and joined to form open source data portability platform any online service can join.

The theme of the project is to enable people to freely move their information across the web said Damien Kieran, Data Protection Officer at Twitter. The project which has just shaped by the group would be great for the providers and to explain it white paper has been published.

The abstract of the published paper emphasizes on enhance the data portability ecosystem by reducing the infrastructure burden on both providers and users. If we explain DTP in simple terms, a person could transfer their Instagram photos to Flickr, or Google Photos, without having to mass-download and upload their library and after it is done the new system is likely to cover many data types including email, contacts, calendars, and tasks.

The DTP is yet to be provided for large mass and on Thursday group shared details how it will work. It explains that DTP is powered by an ecosystem of adapters (Adapters) that convert a range of proprietary formats into a small number of canonical formats (Data Models) useful for transferring data. This allows data transfer between any two providers using the provider’s existing authorization mechanism and allows each provider to maintain control over the security of their service.

We can conclude the DTP with Kirean’s words ‘This will take time but we are very excited to work with innovators and passionate people from other companies to ensure we are putting you first and fundamentally this is about pushing towards a more open and dynamic internet.’

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