Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
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New Facebook tool lets you move photos to Google

New Facebook tool lets you move photos to Google

Embracing the notion of data portability, Facebook has launched a new tool that lets users transfer their photos and videos from Facebook to other online services.

Because no one would blame you if you want to completely ditch Facebook these days, an upcoming tool (developed by Facebook), will allow you to quickly transfer all of your photos and videos from Facebook's servers into your Google Photos account. The tool is then expected to roll out to users in the rest of the world sometime in the first half of 2020.

It also said it planned to include other services in future as part of its commitment to "data portability".

Facebook has allowed members to download their data since 2010.

"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".


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

Facebook says that all data transferred will be encrypted and users will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated.

We are now testing this tool, so we will continue refining it based on feedback from people using it as well as from our conversations with stakeholders.

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

"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 new tool is only launching in Ireland for now.

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