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- There are also new tools to better control your data and how Google uses that data.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe is set to take effect in only two weeks. As such, many companies are reformatting or in some cases rewriting their policies to bring them into compliance with the new law.
Something that did change is how much control you now have over your data. That’s because Google just made its Download Your Data tool more comprehensive.
First introduced in 2011, Download Your Data enables you to archive your information from across the Google Suite from apps like Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, etc. You can now download your info from even more Google services (the company does not make it clear which ones exactly) and also schedule periodic downloads.
Additionally, it is going to be easier than ever to transfer your data from one service to another. For example, if you don’t like Gmail anymore and would like to switch hosts, you would have to download your Gmail info and then figure out how to transfer it to another company. Google now has a GitHub project which aims to make it easy for seamless transfer of your data from Google to another provider.