Facebook Will Let Users Transfer Pictures Directly to Google Photos

Ruben Fields
December 2, 2019

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.

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

"The photo transfer tool can be accessed in the Your Facebook Information section of the app's settings".

These laws will effectively force social media and Internet companies to let users share their data across services.

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.

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Facebook said in September it supports data portability and is planning to build new tools around it.

Twitter is updating its global privacy policy to give users more information about what data advertisers might receive and is launching a site to provide clarity on its data protection efforts, the company said on Monday (Dec 2).

"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.

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.

"We've learned from our conversations with policymakers, regulators, academics, advocates and others that real-world use cases and tools will help drive policy discussions forward", Mr Satterfield said.

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