Facebook tests tool that lets users move photos to other platforms

Yolanda Curtis
December 2, 2019

The Data Transfer Project is open standard for arranging data in a common format so users could easily move their information from one platform to another.

The social network is kicking things off by making it possible to transfer data from Facebook to Google Photos.

Starting in Ireland, Facebook will be offering a free tool for exporting your pictures and videos to Google Photos, " based on code developed through our participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project".

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are also involved in the collaboration.

Facebook also adds that the tool will work with other services and it's easy to guess which are on the top priority list - iCloud and OneDrive.

Facebook says that all data transferred will be encrypted and users will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated.

This tool would be similar to the one we already have that allows us to download our Facebook information. Actually, that might be underselling it.

'We are now testing this tool, so we will continue refining it based on feedback from people using it as well as from our conversations with stakeholders'.

Most likely this effort from the Data Transfer Project is born in response to the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The company is developing products that "take into account the feedback we've received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess", Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy, said in a blog post. As mentioned, the utility is now only available to those in Ireland, with wider (worldwide) availability planned for the first half of 2020.

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