Just over a year after the official launch, the Data Transfer Project is that announcement of a new set of partners and functions. Today, Apple announced it will join the project and develop interoperable systems to bring data in and out of iCloud. A number of alternative social networks have also been added Tim Berners-Lee's solid project for importing and exporting contacts, and Mastodon for importing and exporting messages.
An open source project that is aimed at making data transfer from one service to another easier. The Data Transfer project consisted mainly of back-end coding to make data export tools such as Google Takeout and Facebook & # 39; s Access Your Information tool compatible with each other. At the moment you can use these tools to download data directly to your hard drive, but the hope is that the code of the project may allow the data to be transferred directly to another service. That would allow you to send all your Facebook photos to a Google Photos account, for example, with no intermediate step and a smaller possibility of leaked data.
Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter were all signed last summer, and the GitHub page of the project has been showing regular updates since then, but it is still a work in progress. As the official site says: “We are constantly making improvements that sometimes break things. So when you try things, use it carefully and expect some hiccups. "
So far, most of that work has been done, but more consumer-oriented products may be coming soon. In a statement, Google teased new user-focused projects that arrived within a few months. "We are really encouraged by the progress the Data Transfer Project has made since we announced it last year, and look forward to rolling out our first user-focused features in the coming months," said Jessie Chavez, Google & # 39; s leader for the Data Transfer project.