You can migrate your photos from Facebook to Google next year

Facebook announces data portability tool – move your Facebook photos to Google Photos

USA 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.

Facebook has launched a tool that will enable members to transfer photos and videos they have uploaded to the platform to Google Photos. Facebook did clarify that right now the tool is launching first in Ireland-where its global headquarters are located-and will roll out worldwide in the first half of 2020.

Social media companies including Facebook and Alphabet's Google have come under scrutiny on data privacy issues, fueled by Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal in which personal data were harvested from millions of users without their consent. The idea is an internet where eventually, people aren't locked into a single platform and can move their data freely from one service to the next.

"We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively", said Mr Sattterfield. The tool is then expected to roll out to users in the rest of the world sometime in the first half of 2020.

Once the feature is available in your region, it'll be available in the Your Facebook Information section of your settings.

"We know we can't do this alone, so we encourage other companies to join the Data Transfer Project to expand options for people and continue to push data portability innovation forward", Mr Satterfield said.

All data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer begins. It's a new system created to allow seamless data transfer across all the popular online platforms.

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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