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Tech Talk: Facebook has a new tool which allows users to transfer their photos to Google Photos

Facebook has launched a tool that will enable members to transfer photos and videos they have uploaded to the platform to Google Photos.


The service would initially roll out in Ireland and then, in 2020, across the world, Facebook said according to a report by BBC.

It also said it planned to include other services in future as part of its commitment to “data portability”.

In a blog post announcing the Google Photo tool, which has taken a year to build, Facebook said it had considered security risks.

“Any mechanism to send data outside of a service carries risk,” it said. “We have put measures in place to mitigate these risks.”

These include extra authentication steps to ensure only the owner of the account can transfer a file. Facebook’s Google Photos tool is part of the Data Transfer Project, which aims to be an open-source platform anyone will be able to use to move their data between online services.

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are also involved in the collaboration. Facebook has allowed members to download their data since 2010.

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