Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook tests tool that allows users to export photos to Google

Facebook tests tool that allows users to export photos to Google

In an attempt to get the so-called Data Transfer Project moving, Facebook is now making it easier for users to transfer all their pictures from their Facebook profile to Google Photos. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter were the original members of the project, and Apple joined the project later this year.

"We believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another", said Steve Satterfield, Director of Privacy at Facebook.

Facebook users in Ireland will be the first in the world to trial a new service that will enable them to transfer their data from the social network to another online platform.

It also said it planned to include other services in future as part of its commitment to "data portability".

Facebook says it wants to build practical solutions to data portability that people can trust and use effectively. Now is the time for Facebook to shine by moving faster with its personal data export mandate. It comes as part of Facebook's participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project and the ability to transfer to other services will be added soon.

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Lawmakers in the USA are pushing a bill that will improve online data portability.

With privacy top-of-mind, Facebook said the media transfer process will use encryption and password authorization before a transfer can take place.

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

'We are excited to be putting this first tool out and look forward to working with even more experts and companies, especially startups and new platforms, as this project continues to expand'.

As soon as this tool becomes live for the USA, we'll let you know.

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