Facebook to allow transfer of photos, videos to Google Photos

Yolanda Curtis
December 2, 2019

That initiative was set up after the tech giants found themselves embroiled in several data privacy scandals.

In a blog, Facebook described the move as one geared toward enhancing data portability.

US and European regulators have been examining Facebook's control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant's dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers.

"We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively", said Mr Sattterfield. Now is the time for Facebook to shine by moving faster with its personal data export mandate.

United States Senators Josh Hawley, Mark Warner and Richard Blumenthal introduced a bill in late October that would require communications platforms with more than 100 million monthly active members to allow its users to easily move, or port, their data to another network.

Facebook has announced a new feature that will let users seamlessly export their Facebook photos and videos to other online platforms.

You can find the new tool under Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information.

'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'.

Facebook isn't going this alone, however, as part of the wider Data Transfer Project they have been part of working on an open-source standard for data portability.

"We've learned from our conversations with policymakers, regulators, academics, advocates and others that real-world use cases and tools will help drive policy discussions forward", Mr Satterfield said.

For those of us not living in Ireland - i.e. most of us - the service is expected to launch worldwide by mid-2020.

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