In a bid to help billions of users manage their data as well as help them transfer that into and out of online services without privacy issues, four widely used platforms, namely, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter made an announcement.
The four platforms announced that to join the open source initiative called Data Transfer Project (DTP).
The project is aimed at helping users of one service to use their data to sign up for another service with encryption.
“Using your data from one service when you sign up for another still isn’t as easy as it should be. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re participating in the Data Transfer Project,” said Steve Satterfield, Privacy and Public Policy Director at Facebook in a statement.
Incidentally, the initiative has been announced at a time when data-sharing is a serious issue.
This is in the post Cambridge Analytica data scandal era.
The Data Transfer Project uses services’ existing APIs and authorisation mechanisms to access data.
It then uses service specific adapters to transfer that data into a common format, and then back into the new service’s API.>