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-Liberation-Front logo
The logo.

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 Buzz June 28, 2011[4]
Google Circles and Contacts June 28, 2011[4]
Picasa Web Albums June 28, 2011[4]
Google profile June 28, 2011[4]
Google stream June 28, 2011[4]
+1 July 15, 2011[5]
Google Tasks August 1, 2011[6] via the Google Tasks Porter (not part of Google Takeout)
Google Voice September 6, 2011[7]
Gmail chat logs September 15, 2011
Google Docs January 24, 2012
YouTube September 26, 2012
Google Calendar December 5, 2013
Gmail December 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.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Kenyon, Henry (Sep 13, 2010). "Google Apps government reach grows". Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "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 (December 5, 2013). "Download a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data". Official Gmail Blog. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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Data Transfer Project

The Data Transfer Project (DTP) is an open-source initiative which features data portability between multiple online platforms. The project was launched and introduced by Google in July 20, 2018, and has currently partnered with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter.


Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies, alongside Amazon, Apple and Facebook.Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex. In August 2015, Google announced plans to reorganize its various interests as a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc. Google is Alphabet's leading subsidiary and will continue to be the umbrella company for Alphabet's Internet interests. Sundar Pichai was appointed CEO of Google, replacing Larry Page who became the CEO of Alphabet.

The company's rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine (Google Search). It offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides), email (Gmail/Inbox), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), social networking (Google+), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Keep), and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos). The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, and Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. Google has moved increasingly into hardware; from 2010 to 2015, it partnered with major electronics manufacturers in the production of its Nexus devices, and it released multiple hardware products in October 2016, including the Google Pixel smartphone, Google Home smart speaker, Google Wifi mesh wireless router, and Google Daydream virtual reality headset. Google has also experimented with becoming an Internet carrier (Google Fiber, Project Fi, and Google Station) is the most visited website in the world. Several other Google services also figure in the top 100 most visited websites, including YouTube and Blogger. Google is the most valuable brand in the world as of 2017, but has received significant criticism involving issues such as privacy concerns, tax avoidance, antitrust, censorship, and search neutrality. Google's mission statement is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and its unofficial slogan was "Don't be evil" until the phrase was removed from the company's code of conduct around May 2018.

Google Takeout

Google Takeout (Google Takeaway in some languages, on the site itself called "Download your data") is a project by the Google Data Liberation Front that allows users of Google products, such as YouTube and Gmail, to export their data to a downloadable archive file.

Take Out (disambiguation)

Take Out is food purchased at a restaurant that the purchaser intends to eat elsewhere.

Take Out or Takeout may also refer to:

Take Out (2004 film), independent film co-written and directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou

Take Out (2007 film), short film thriller produced by Bill Hall

Google Takeout, a project by the Google Data Liberation Front

Takeouts (juggling), a juggling pattern

The Takeout, a news podcast hosted by Major Garrett

The Takeout, a food website of Gizmodo Media Group

Timeline of digital preservation

This page is a timeline of digital preservation and Web archiving. It covers various aspects of saving and preserving digital data, whether they are born-digital or not.


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