Google Gets Feisty, Kicks Data Portability Fight With Facebook Up A Notch

As I’m sure you’ve learned by now, Google recently blocked Facebook API access to download Google contacts. Facebook hacked around it, and Google subsequently issued a statement that they were “disappointed”. Facebook Platform engineer responded in the comments of one of our blog posts about the slap fight.

And now, take a look at what Google is telling users who want to download their Gmail contacts’ information and import it into Facebook:

Click the image for a larger version, or read the full notice here or below:

Trap my contacts now

Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want to import your contact information for your friends into a service that won’t let you get it out?
Here’s the not-so-fine print. You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn’t allow you to re-export your data to other services, essentially locking up your contact data about your friends. So once you import your data there, you won’t be able to get it out. We think this is an important thing for you to know before you import your data there. Although we strongly disagree with this data protectionism, the choice is yours. Because, after all, you should have control over your data.

Of course, you are always free to download your contacts using the export feature in Google Contacts.

This public service announcement is brought to you on behalf of your friends in Google Contacts:

[_] Register a complaint over data protectionism. (Google will not record or display your name or email address.)
[_] Proceed with exporting this data. I recognize that once it’s been imported to another service, that service may not allow me to export it back out.

Select one or more options. Cancel and go back

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