Facebook Launches A Tool For Transferring Photos To Google Photos

By Annie Baker ● December 3, 2019
  • Facebook has rolled out a new tool in Ireland that allows users to transfer photos from the social network to Google Photos

Facebook has launched a new tool that enables users to transfer photos to Google Photos. This tool is first starting out in Ireland and then it will launch globally in the first half of 2020.

“At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another. That’s the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation,” said Facebook Director of Privacy and Public Policy Stephen Satterfield. “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. That’s why we’re developing new products that take into account the feedback we’ve received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess.”

The photo transfer tool is based on code developed through Facebook’s participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter are some of the other participants in the Data Transfer Project.

“We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively. To foster that trust, people and online services need clear rules about what kinds of data should be portable and who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services,” Satterfield added. “We hope this product can help advance conversations on the privacy questions we identified in our white paper. We know we can’t do this alone, so we encourage other companies to join the Data Transfer Project to expand options for people and continue to push data portability innovation forward.”