Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook, 4 of the world’s largest tech companies, have teamed up to create the Data Transfer Project (DTP). The tech group published a white paper outlining the purpose for the DTP, which is to provide an open-source platform for individuals to easily transfer their information across various platforms.
Not only will the DTP enable users to download their data, but the project will make it easier for users to transfer their data to other applications, which will be beneficial to many individuals, as apps will become more cohesive and related.
According to The Verge, the system currently allows transfer for photos, mail, contacts, calendars, and tasks transfer by using existing APIs and authorization tools to access data.
There are many uses for this service and the white paper highlights quite a few, including transferring playlists between music platforms and transferring social media photos to other accounts. As more companies join the project, it will become increasingly more useful and hopefully enable users’ to have even greater control over their personal data and app activity.
DCP is currently in development, if user’s would like to test it out there is a way so long as they have API keys from the platforms they would like to transfer data between. Click here to check out more info on testing.