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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