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11 October 2012

Google's Data Liberation Front

Data privacy and control is a big issue in these cloud-centric times. It often seems users are blocked at every turn when trying to access their own information.

However, the Data Liberation Front can help. Find out how in Micro Mart issue 1230.

Here are a few extracts:

The ability to view, download and delete cloud-stored information is often heavily restricted. Try to uncover exactly what details have been captured and stored and you'll invariably be confronted by a wall of silence.

Why? Well, the value of personalised data to organisations like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon is immense. If a user cannot move their information en masse, they are far less likely to move to a rival service.

With so many Google products and services the team faced a considerable challenge. Although Google already had a rich collection of low-level programming interfaces, they didn't always fit the bill. And delivering a well integrated solution, which also incorporates appropriate levels of security, isn't the simplest task in the world. As a result it's taken quite a while for the project to get off the ground.

The technology developed by the DLF team may help Google's public image, and go some way to pacify those who say their 'Don't Do Evil' motto has been forgotten in a headlong rush to complete with the likes of Apple and Facebook.

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