Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter Create a Data Sharing Service

Extract from “Data Transfer Project Overview and Fundamentals” 

The Data Transfer Project (DTP) extends data portability beyond a user’s ability to download a copy of their data from their service provider (“provider”), to providing the user the ability to initiate a direct transfer of their data into and out of any participating provider.

The Data Transfer Project is an open source initiative to encourage participation of as many
providers as possible. The DTP will enhance the data portability ecosystem by reducing the
infrastructure burden on both providers and users, which should in turn increase the number of
services offering portability. The protocols and methodology of the DTP enable direct,
service-to-service data transfer with streamlined engineering work.

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