Google Helps People Get Their Data Out Of Google

from the the-antithesis-of-evil? dept

Too many companies these days are focused on ways to keep you locked-in somehow or another, so it's quite refreshing to find out that Google is now officially announcing its Data Liberation Front, which does exactly the opposite: systematically helping you to get your data out of Google's services so that it can be used elsewhere. Apparently the group has been working on this for a while, but has only just now been publicly "announced." It's difficult to think of too many other companies that would do the same thing. Of course, it's easy to think of independent or competing companies that might do this -- but we usually hear about the original company suing anyone who tries to free up data. Good move by Google to offer the service itself.

Filed Under: data, open, portability
Companies: google

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2009 @ 6:26am

    Google is getting scary... they have the money to do the right thing now which leads to more followers which leads to more money which leads to more followers.... the problem becomes when the visionaries at the top see all the unused power at their disposal and decide to exploit it. Good thing Google is primary an advertising agency and the underlining policy is to generate good PR to attract more customers.

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