A couple of months ago, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter teamed up together for the Data Transfer Project (DTP) in which the users will able to move their data easily between the online services. Now, Facebook has rolled out a new tool for data portability, where users can transfer their Facebook photos and videos to other services such as Google Photos.
The tool based on the code developed via Facebook’s participation in the open-source DTP, and for now, the data portability tool is only available for the people in Ireland. And it is planned to roll out the tool globally in the first half of 2020. Facebook’s Steve Satterfield, Director of Privacy and Public Policy, noted regarding it:
We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively. To foster that trust, people and online services need clear rules about what kinds of data should be portable and who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services. We hope this product can help advance conversations on the privacy questions we identified in our white paper.
Users can access this tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information. The social giant also mentioned that the data transfer will be encrypted as security and privacy are their top priorities, and users need to enter their password before transfer initiation.
Moreover, the company published a white paper back in September regarding the privacy and data portability of the tool. Currently, Facebook is testing this tool and making it better from the stakeholders and user’s feedback.