Google has made a bold move. It has now granted opportunity to its Gmail and Calendar users to export data from its infrastructure.
The new feature is part of the Google Takeout service, handled by the engineering team of Data Liberation Front of Google. From next month Gmail users can download their data. The Calendar data can be downloaded from Thursday onward in .zip, .tgz, or .tbz formats.
Apart from these two, Google users can also download a copy of their Google+ Pages, Messenger, Blogger, +1s, Google+ Circles, Google+ Stream, Hangouts, Contacts, Drive, Profile, YouTube Uploads and Google+ Photos.
Mantra of the Front is, “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.”
Do notice that Google has not included the immensely valuable data of the search history of users, or not even the ads that users have clicked on.
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