Facebook's Irish users to trial data transfer service

Joanna Estrada
December 2, 2019

That initiative was set up after the tech giants found themselves embroiled in several data privacy scandals.

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.

The California law requires large businesses to give consumers more transparency and control over their personal information, such as allowing them to request that their data be deleted and to opt out of having their data sold to third parties.

The new image transfer tool will let users copy all their photos and videos from Facebook to Google Photos, and eventually other social networking sites.

The social giant posted a buff PR piece that says it is building on the decade-old project to allow users offloading of their information from Facebook, whether because they chose to close their account, or for backup purposes.

Facebook's data export tool will be rolled out to users in Ireland initially, with worldwide availability in the first half of 2020.

Lawmakers in the U.S. are pushing a bill that will improve online data portability.

'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'.

The company, which said it has upped its communications about data and security-related disclosures over the last two years, emphasised in a Monday blog post that it was working to upgrade systems and build privacy into new products.

"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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