Facebook releases a tool to transfer Facebook photos to other services, starting with Google Photos.
Facebook has improved data mobility with a new tool that enables users to transfer a copy of your photos, giving users the choice to move the data they shared with Facebook.
The platform is introducing new products such as this one after taking feedback from policymakers, regulators, academics, advocates, as such tools raise concerns around the safety of data portability.
The photo transfer tool has been rolled out and is based on code developed through the platform’s participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project. The tool will first be available to users in Ireland, and the worldwide rollout has been planned for the first half of 2020.
Users can access the new tool in Facebook‘s settings within Facebook Information (where you can download your information). All data transferred will be encrypted, and users will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated.
The tool in its initial phase now, and Facebook mentioned they will continue making improvements by basing them on feedback received from users and stakeholders.
Facebook is also encouraging other companies to join the Data Transfer Project to expand options for people and continue to push data portability innovation forward.