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Facebook data tool makes transferring to Google Photos a whole lot easier

Facebook data tool makes transferring to Google Photos a whole lot easier”

Facebook's new tool for transferring photos and videos to Google Photos will be available in the first half of 2020 to everyone worldwide.

The tool will initially only support Google Photos, and could even support other services like OneDrive in the future.

Facebook notes that this is all part of a drive for data portability, and that the transfer tool is based on code developed through the company's participation in the open source Data Transfer Project (launched by Google back in 2018, with partners including Facebook and Twitter, as well as Microsoft and Apple).

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.

"It's important that Facebook and other companies allow you to move data about", said ORG director Jim Killock.

The tool is now being rolled out in Ireland, but will be made available worldwide in early 2020, the company said today in a blog post.

Facebook has allowed members to download their data since 2010.

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

"For example, a company using the Data Transfer Project framework can send an existing data type to a new service by simply creating a new Data Transfer Project importer for that data type", said Software developer William Morland.

All the data you transfer is encrypted and you'll have to enter your password before anything is moved, Facebook said.

These include extra authentication steps to ensure only the owner of the account can transfer a file.

"We believe the Data Transfer Project shows that industry-led solutions can help make data portability a reality", Mr Satterfield said.



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