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The Google Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose "goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products."[1] The team, which consults with other engineering teams within Google on how to "liberate" Google products, currently supports 27 products.[2] The purpose of the Data Liberation Front is to ensure that data can be migrated from Google once an individual or company stops using their services[3] or the service is discontinued by Google.

Google Takeout

Main article: Google Takeout

On June 28, 2011, Google's Data Liberation Front engineering team released their first product, after 4 years in development, called Google Takeout, which allows a Google user to export data from supported services.[4]

Service Date "liberated" Notes
Google Buzz June 28, 2011[4]
Google Circles and Contacts June 28, 2011[4]
Picasa Web Albums June 28, 2011[4]
Google profile June 28, 2011[4]
Google stream June 28, 2011[4]
+1 July 15, 2011[5]
Google Tasks August 1, 2011[6] via the Google Tasks Porter (not part of Google Takeout)
Google Voice September 6, 2011[7]
Gmail chat logs September 15, 2011
Google Docs January 24, 2012
YouTube September 26, 2012
Google Calendar December 5, 2013
Gmail December 5, 2013[8]

Data Transfer Project

Main article: Data Transfer Project

On July 20, 2018, Google's Data Liberation Front engineering team announced the Data Transfer Project in partnership with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter (now X), an ecosystem which features data portability between multiple online platforms without the need of downloading and re-uploading data.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "the Data Liberation Front". Google. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  2. ^ "How to download your Google data - Google Account Help".
  3. ^ Kenyon, Henry (Sep 13, 2010). "Google Apps government reach grows". Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "The Data Liberation Front Delivers Google Takeout". Google. June 28, 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Something new on the Google Takeout menu: +1's". Google. July 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Introducing Google Tasks Porter". Google. August 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "New on the Menu: Google Voice for Google Takeout". Google. September 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Piepmeier, Nick (December 5, 2013). "Download a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data". Official Gmail Blog. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-07-20.