The EU General Data Protection Regulation provides results. Big time. Facebook announced on Monday a tool that allows anyone to copy his endless selfies and vacation pictures from the Zuckerberg realm into Google Photos.
This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.
The transmission tool will be launched today in Ireland and will be published in the first months of 2020. The tool moves photos and their metadata, including the folders where they are stored, file names, and other information attached to the image. The transfer to Google comes first, other services will follow at a later date.
Facebook does not do this on its own. The so-called data portability is an integral part of GDPR. And that means you can easily transfer your Facebook photos to another service. After all, it's your photos, so why not? "We increasingly hear calls from policymakers and regulators, especially from competitors, that large platforms should do more to enable innovation," says Satterfield. "Including permission for people to transfer their data to different providers."
To transfer data, a Facebook account owner must enter their password and then authenticate their Google Account for the change to take effect. But not everything will shift. "You can move the photo as a user," says Satterfield. "The day that identifies the people in the photo that we just do not portabel."
Photos are just the beginning. The Data Movement Tool was developed as a result of the Data Transfer Project (DTP), set up in 201
Developers across the enterprise use open source code and their APIs to create ways to seamlessly transfer data from one to another. All code is listed on GitHub.
Develops options that can be used to move calendars, emails, tasks, playlists, and videos. This indicates the likelihood that one day you can transfer all of your Outlook contacts and calendars to Gmail or Apple Mail in just a few clicks. This automatically retrieves all the data that is used regularly and reduces the overhead of testing a new service.
A white paper on data portability published by Facebook in September outlines the company's search for technology. Information in a user's "social graph" – defined as the connections between users on social networks – can be securely shared. "Making social chart portability portable can be important to innovation and competition, but it also brings with it important privacy issues," reads the whitepaper.
The data transfer project is not limited to large companies. Due to the open source nature of the project, smaller companies may be involved in the sharing of information. All you have to do is use some developer resources to build the structures needed to move data.
It's not new to provide ways to access your data. For most of a decade, both Facebook and Google had ways to download their data. For Facebook, this has taken the form of a page to download your information. Here you can extract posts, photos, comments, friends, page info, visited places and ad information. It can be retrieved in HTML format or in JSON, and it is possible to retrieve the information from the date.
At around the same time as the Search Giant introduced Google+ (RIP) in 2011, Takeout debuted. Allows users to retrieve contact information, photos, and profile information. This has become a separate tool that allows you to download Google data from all separate services.