“Why is it important that I have access to this data?
It’s important that you can access your Google data when you want it, where you want it – whether is it to import it into another service or just create your own copy for your archives. People usually don’t look to see if they can get their data out of a product until they decide that they want to leave. For this reason, we always encourage you to ask these three questions before starting to use a product that will store your data:
- Can I get my data out in an open, interoperable, portable format?
- How much is it going to cost to get my data out?
- How much of my time is it going to take to get my data out?
The ideal answers to these questions are:
- Nothing more than I’m already paying.
- As little as possible.
There shouldn’t be an additional charge to export your data. Beyond that, if it takes you weeks to get your data, it’s almost as bad as not being able to get your data out at all.”