Yesterday, Data Transfer Project (DTP) updated on their website that Apple has officially joined the project as a contributor, along with other tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter.
Read More: Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook team up for Data Transfer Project
The Data Transfer Project launched in 2018, is an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform which allows individuals to move their data across the web, whenever they want. The seamless transfer of data aims to give users more control of their data across the web. It’s tools will make it possible for users to port their music playlists, contacts or documents from one social network to another, without much effort.
Currently, the DTP has 18 contributors. Their partners and open source community have inserted more than 42,000 lines of code and changed more than 1,500 files in the Project.
Other alternative social networks like Deezer, Mastodon, and Solid have also joined the project. New Cloud logging and monitoring framework features and new APIs from Google Photos and Smugmug have also been added.
The Data Transfer Project is still in the development stage, as its official site states that “We are continually making improvements that might cause things to break occasionally. So as you are trying things please use it with caution and expect some hiccups.” It’s Github page has regular updates since its launch and has 2,480 stars, 209 forks and 187 watchers currently.
Many users are happy that Apple has also joined the Project, as this means easy transfer of data for them.
This is incredibly good news — both Google and Apple need to do much better with consumer-friendly ways to important and export basic PIM data like notes, contacts, etc.https://t.co/hCC1SPgyjE
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) July 30, 2019
This is a step in the right direction for all consumers. Of course the devil is in the details. If implemented properly this consumers will gain more control of their data! | Apple joins Google, Facebook, and Twitter in data-sharing project – The Verge https://t.co/i6YAl1Lrp8
— Scott C. Lemon (@humancell) July 31, 2019
Apple joins the 2 biggest online advertising firms for "data sharing" purposes.
Yeah, it's an open source project to make data more portable, but the big players involved alludes to #BigData revenue opportunities.
— BobertHepker#1655 (@BobertHepker) July 30, 2019
Some users suspect that such projects will encourage unethical sharing of user data.
And so people's privacy goes down the toilet… I liked Apple because "Think Different" … Google, Facebook and Microsoft get mined by CIA and government agencies to see what people are up to
— 💾🌎Zwitter Twiẗter👽(⧖) (@zananeichan) July 31, 2019
This is really cool and interesting and ALSO I cannot wait for it go terribly wrong in some unanticipated form, because that is our present-day reality, nothing good is allowed to stay good https://t.co/nAnE3Z4QQc
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) July 30, 2019
Visit the Data Transfer Project website for more details.
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