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Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Partner to Share Data

July 24, 2018

Seeming monopolies partner to share data? It appears so. While the language announcing the “Data Transfer Project” involving Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft is couched in consumer-friendly terms, with Google’s blog post saying the open-source project will mean consumers can “import their information into any participating service,” the timing is coincidental with GDPR-like legislation and antitrust talk occurring in the U.S.

Russell Brandom of The Verge hypothesizes on Friday that the move to make user data portable in the U.S. that’s in-line with E.U. GDPR requirements is meant to manage risk.

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