US Tech Giants Join to Improve Data Mobility
It was announced this week that Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have joined in an open-source initiative that would help consumers transfer data in and out of participating platforms and services.
The Data Transfer Project, which is built on Facebook’s tool launched earlier this year, will also reduce the infrastructure burden on both service providers and users. This should improve the data portability ecosystem which in turn will increase the number of services offering portability.
According to the project’s website, it will help users choose among services that facilitate competition, empower individuals to try new services, and allow them to choose the offering that best suits their needs.