Facebook tests tool that allows users to export photos to Google

The project is part of a drive by Facebook to increase data portability in order to give users better control over their own information

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).

It was built as part of the open-source Data Transfer Project - a technology partnership between major social networking and digital companies created to make information hosted on one social media service available on other services.

The social network is kicking things off by making it possible to transfer data from Facebook to Google Photos.

The pilot begins this week in Ireland (where Facebook has been under investigation for alleged violations of European Union data privacy law).

Now, however, Facebook is building on "the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation".

"There will also be potential privacy issues with data portability as users will potentially take risks when they move data to third parties, so companies and regulators will need to develop ways that deal with rogue actors".

Facebook has allowed members to download their data since 2010. The tool will initially only support Google Photos, and could even support other services like OneDrive in the future.

All data transfers will be encrypted and users will be asked for a password before the transfer is initiated, the company said in a blog post.

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

The wider Data Transfer Project consists of three main parts - a set of shared data to represent each content type, a system to handle authentication and a task manager to ensure everything is put together properly.



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