Facebook announces new tool for transferring images and videos to Google Photos

Ruben Fields
December 2, 2019

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are all part of the Data Transfer Project, and more companies are expected to join in the future.

In a blog post announcing the Google Photo tool, which has taken a year to build, Facebook said it had considered security risks.

Facebook has launched a new tool which allows you to easily transfer your photos and videos to another service, although it's only available to folks in Ireland initially - although a wider rollout will happen soon enough.

Facebook's Google Photos tool is part of the Data Transfer Project, which aims to be an open-source platform anyone will be able to use to move their data between online services.

Facebook says it wants to build practical solutions to data portability that people can trust and use effectively.

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

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It is already possible for people to download all of the data Facebook holds on them as a single archive file. That initiative was set up after the tech giants found themselves embroiled in several data privacy scandals.

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.

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

It has been developed as part of the Data Transfer Project an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform created to enable all individuals across the web to easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.

'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'.

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