22 Jun 2006 - 19 Jun 2022
This site is a central location for information on how to move your data in and out of Google products. Welcome. Click on any product link on the left hand side for more information on how to liberate your data from (or to!) that product
.In June of 2011, the Data Liberation Front announced their first revolutionary product. Read more on our Google Takeout page.
The Data Liberation Front
The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products. We do this because we believe that you should be able to export any data that you create in (or import into) a product. We help and consult other engineering teams within Google on how to "liberate" their products. This is our mission statement:
Users should be able to control the data they store in any of Google's products. Our team's goal is to make it easier to move data in and out.
People usually don't look to see if they can get their data out of a product until they decide one day that they want to leave. For this reason, we always encourage people to ask these three questions before starting to use a product that will store their data:
- Can I get my data out in an open, interoperable, portable format?
- How much is it going to cost to get my data out?
- How much of my time is it going to take to get my data out?
The ideal answers to these questions are:
- Nothing more than I'm already paying.
- As little as possible.
There shouldn't be an additional charge to export your data. Beyond that, if it takes you many hours to get your data out, it's almost as bad as not being able to get your data out at all.
We don't think that our products are perfect yet, but we're continuing to work at making it easier to get your data in and out of them. Visit our Google Moderator page
to vote on and add suggestions on what you'd like to see liberated and why.
Lastly, you can also keep track of what we're doing by subscribing to the Data Liberation Front Blog
or by following us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dataliberation