The social giant, Facebook believes if a user shares data using one service, he should be able to move it to another. It has been considered a major principle of data portability with providing control and selection. Now, the company has released a tool enabling Facebook users to transfer their Facebook images and videos directly to other services. The company has started with Googol Photos. The social giant published in a white paper in September that explores the privacy questions as the company is building a new generation of data portability tools. Its conversations with policymakers, regulators, academics, advocates, and others that real-world use cases and tools will help drive policy discussions forward.
So, the company is developing new products that take into account the received feedback. It will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess. The social giant already enabled people to download their information from Facebook. The photo transferring tool will roll out today and it is based on developed code in collaboration with the open-source Data Transfer Project. It will first be available to people in Ireland, with worldwide availability planned for the first half of 2020. People can access this new tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information, the same place where you can download your information.
Facebook also explained that its privacy and security are top priorities. So, all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated. The company is currently testing this tool and will continue refining it based on feedback from people using it as well as from conversations with stakeholders. The company needs to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively and efficiently. People and online services need clear rules regarding the kinds of data. It should be portable and responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services. The company is hopeful that its current product will help advance conversations on the privacy questions mentioned in an earlier published white paper.