Recently Facebook has launched the photo transfer tool to allow users of its social network to port their photos directly to Google photo storage service, through encrypted safe transfer. But This feature is initially limited to Facebook users in Ireland only for now. Although Facebook says it is still testing and evaluation process, the feature based on feedback but slates “worldwide availability” as coming in the first half of 2020.
“ For almost a decade, we’ve enabled people to download their information from Facebook, The photo transfer tool we’re starting to roll out today is based on code developed through our participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project.” Says Mr. Steve Satterfield , Director of privacy and public policy at Facebook.
The Data Transfer Project is a collaborative highly demand effort in last year, that’s now ongoing under five tech giant companies (Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter) who have more committed to build “a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data between the two platforms”.
Also Facebook points to a white paper published in this September. where it advocates for “clear rules” to control the types of data that should be portable and asked “who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different providers”.
However this photo transfer tool will be useful enough for Google Photos and there users that don’t automatically backup pictures from their devices. If you’re a Facebook and Google Photo user who does backup photos in lifetime, then it’s likely that most photos posted to the social network are already backed up on Google’s service.
At the final words “We hope this product can help advance conversations on the privacy questions we identified in our white paper, So 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.” – Mr. Steve Satterfield.