Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:18 UTC
Google

Having access to your data and being able to take it with you is important, especially if that data contains precious memories like old love letters, your first job offer, or that 100-message thread discussing the merits of various cat videos. Starting today we're rolling out the ability to export a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data, making it easy to back up your data or move to another service.

You can download all of your mail and calendars or choose a subset of labels and calendars. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other Google data.

Great move by Google. The Data Liberation Front had gotten a bit stale, and it was about time exporting all your emails from Gmail became easier. Good backup tool, too - for, you know, company stuff. Or emails from a girl you like.

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IMAP or POP3
by maccouch on Fri 6th Dec 2013 12:03 UTC
maccouch
Member since:
2012-03-14

[quote] and it was about time exporting all your emails from Gmail became easier. Good backup tool, too - for, you know, company stuff. Or emails from a girl you like. [/quote]

despite being a usual critic of Google regarding privacy for a couple of years now, i must say don't understand the excitement about this. It was always possible, I really don't understand your comment.

I took away all of my email with me when i stopped using Gmail. Just set up thunderbird, Mail.App outlook or whatever other IMAP/POP client you use, connect to your gmail account and download everything (usually takes a large couple of hours). Afterwards either store them on your program on your pc, export to Mbox files, or just move the messages to the folders of another IMAP account, already setuped on your program, and it will just upload everything to your other server. done, easy.

as an other commenter said, the only thing that would be really important is making sure that all of our data was really erased from google's servers and DB. Also, that they wouldn't inspect and store the mail when one has 'asked' to "forward and delete" everything.

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RE: IMAP or POP3
by votre on Fri 6th Dec 2013 20:16 in reply to "IMAP or POP3"
votre Member since:
2012-08-11

Making sure Google really has permanently and irretrievably deleted your data?

And exactly how do you propose doing that? Ask politely and take their word for it?

It's good to have a dream I suppose. (kidding!)

Edited 2013-12-06 20:17 UTC

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