"define data portability"

What is data portability?

Data portability is your ability to move data out of tools you use. Open platforms embrace the concept of data portability. Data portability lets you avoid vendor lock-in.

Conversely, data is very difficult to move out of closed platforms. This is a dark pattern to enforce lock-in.

Vendor lock-in is a situation where customers face the high cost of losing useful information if they choose to switch to a competing vendor.

Email is a service with high data portability. Many email services have tools that allow you to migrate from a competitor.

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