One of the nicest features Google offers is the ability to transfer your data directly to another cloud storage service like Dropbox or Box. Most services force you to download a sizable data package and then re-upload it to the new service of your choosing, which makes switching services more than a little inconvenient. In Takeout, you can opt to move your data straight to another service or just download it to your hard drive.


If you have an Android device, you can get some device data here, and search data for Google Home here.


For iPhone devotees, Apple is probably the biggest hoarder of data—the company has all your photos, contacts, call logs and voicemails, iMessage metadata, and iTunes purchase history. If you use features like Health or Keychain, Apple might also have particularly sensitive information about you, like your health data or your passwords.


Apple just launched a tool to allow users to download their data, but for now it’s only available to users in the European Union and a few European nations outside the EU. Access to the tool will roll out internationally later this year, Apple says.

The company also gives users the option to delete all their data—but be careful, because once you do this, there’s no way to get it back.



Facebook and Instagram have rolled out improved data portability tools in the last few weeks. But Facebook’s suite of apps is the most frustrating when it comes to portability. Sure, you can download your data. But where are you going to put it next?


Facebook’s data export is pretty comprehensive—users can expect to get their photos and status updates as well as lots of other interesting stuff such as likes, search history, and information about advertisers who have targeted them. But as TechCrunch points out, Facebook has clung tightly to users’ social graphs, making it especially difficult for its users to find their friends on other social networks even as it has slurped up social graph data from users’ email and phone contacts.

Instagram’s data portability tool lets you take your photos, videos, and messages with you if you choose to leave, but it doesn’t sound like you’ll be able to take comments or other data. Instagram’s new privacy policy, released in time for GDPR, notes that the app collects information about how you tap and scroll on your device, but you won’t be able to get that data, either.



Amazon often gets overlooked in discussions about data collection, but the company holds a ton of information about your location and shopping habits. If you own an Echo, the company also has access to recordings of you in your home—which didn’t work out particularly well for this couple—and if you’re a web developer, chances are you have some data stored in Amazon Web Services.


Amazon doesn’t have a central tool for data downloads, which is a little irritating, but you can get archives of your shopping history and Alexa recordings. Depending on what Amazon services you use, you’ll have to dig around on the company’s various support pages to find and download the exact data you’re looking for.

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