SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 3, 2019 (BSS/XINHUA) – Facebook Inc. on Monday released
a new tool to allow its users to freely transfer their photos and videos to
other storage service providers like Google Photos as part of what it called
“innovation in data portability.”
Facebook said the new service will first be available to its customers in
Ireland, the seat of its international headquarters, before it is expanded to
other countries and regions across the globe in the first half of 2020.
Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy, said
the tool was “based on code developed through our participation in the open-
source Data Transfer Project (DTP).”
“For almost a decade, we’ve enabled people to download their information
from Facebook,” he said.
The DTP, which was launched last year, is being supported by major tech
giants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and other companies.
Google Photos will become the first storage platform where Facebook users
will be able to share or backup their videos and pictures between Facebook
Facebook promised that all the data will be encrypted during the transfer
process and passwords will be required before the process begins.
The company said it is still testing the tool’s features and improving its
functionality upon feedbacks from users.
“We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use
effectively,” Satterfield said.