Google Data Liberation Front

The Google Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose "goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products."[1] The team, which consults with other engineering teams within Google on how to "liberate" Google products, currently supports 27 products.[2] The purpose of the Data Liberation Front is to ensure that data can be migrated from Google once an individual or company stops using their services.[3]

Google Takeout

On June 28, 2011, Google's Data Liberation Front engineering team released their first product, after 4 years in development, called Google Takeout, which allows a Google user to export data from supported services.[4]

Service Date "liberated" Notes
Google BuzzJune 28, 2011[4]
Google Circles and ContactsJune 28, 2011[4]
Picasa Web AlbumsJune 28, 2011[4]
Google profileJune 28, 2011[4]
Google streamJune 28, 2011[4]
+1July 15, 2011[5]
Google TasksAugust 1, 2011[6]via the Google Tasks Porter (not part of Google Takeout)
Google VoiceSeptember 6, 2011[7]
Gmail chat logsSeptember 15, 2011
Google DocsJanuary 24, 2012
YouTubeSeptember 26, 2012
Google CalendarDecember 5, 2013
GmailDecember 5, 2013[8]

Data Transfer Project

On July 20, 2018, Google's Data Liberation Front engineering team announced the Data Transfer Project in partnership with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter, an ecosystem which features data portability between multiple online platforms without the need of downloading and re-uploading data.[9]

See also


  1. "the Data Liberation Front". Google. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  3. Kenyon, Henry (Sep 13, 2010). "Google Apps government reach grows". Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "The Data Liberation Front Delivers Google Takeout". Google. June 28, 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  5. "Something new on the Google Takeout menu: +1's". Google. July 15, 2011.
  6. "Introducing Google Tasks Porter". Google. August 1, 2011.
  7. "New on the Menu: Google Voice for Google Takeout". Google. September 6, 2011.
  8. Piepmeier, Nick. "". Official Gmail Blog. Retrieved 6 December 2013. External link in |title= (help)
  9. "Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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