Data Transfer Project

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Data Transfer Project
Data Transfer Project logo.svg
Type of projectData portability
Established20 July 2018 (2018-07-20)

The Data Transfer Project (DTP) is an open-source initiative which features data portability between multiple online platforms.[1][2] The project was launched and introduced by Google in July 20, 2018, and has currently partnered with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter,[3][4] and Apple.[5]


The project was formed by the Google Data Liberation Front in 2017, hoping to provide a platform that could allow individuals to move their online data between different platforms, without the need of downloading and re-uploading data.[6][3] The ecosystem is achieved by extracting different files through various available APIs released by online platforms and translating such codes so that it could be compatible with other platforms.[7][8]

In July 20, 2018, the joint project was announced. The source code, which has been uploaded to GitHub, was mainly written by Google and Microsoft's engineers.[9]

In July 30, 2019, Apple announced that it will be joining the project, allowing data portability in iCloud.[5]


On 2 December 2019, Facebook announced the ability for users to transfer photos and videos to Google Photos, originally available only in a select few countries. This expanded over the following months, and on 4 June 2019 Facebook announced full global availability of this feature.[10]

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  1. ^ "Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  2. ^ "The Data Transfer Project's big-name support won't matter without the biggest one: Apple". PCWorld. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  3. ^ a b "Introducing Data Transfer Project: an open source platform promoting universal data portability". Google Open Source Blog. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  4. ^ "Data Transfer Project | 9to5Google". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ a b Brandom, Russell (2019-07-30). "Apple joins Google, Facebook, and Twitter in data-sharing project". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  6. ^ "Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter partner for ambitious new data project". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ Rutherford, Sam. "Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  8. ^ "Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Twitter Introduce the Data Transfer Project: An Open Source Initiative for Consumer Data Portability - EU Policy Blog". EU Policy Blog. 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  9. ^ "Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter launch the Data Transfer Project". VentureBeat. 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  10. ^ "Driving Innovation in Data Portability With a New Photo Transfer Tool". About Facebook. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2020-06-05.

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