Facebook now lets you use its data portability tool to transfer your photos and videos to Dropbox and Koofr – not just Google Photos.
Back in December, Facebook promised a new tool to help you transfer your Facebook photos and videos directly to Google Photos, then started rolling it out globally at the end of April. Now, Facebook is adding the ability to transfer your Facebook photos and videos directly to two additional services – Dropbox and Koofr.
Facebook’s newest data portability tool goes beyond the ability to download your information from the platform. This has been available to users for many years. Now, users can transfer just their photos and videos to three other platforms.
As Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s Director of Privacy and Public Policy, explains: “Dropbox provides one organized place for your content and all the collaboration around it. Koofr, which is based on the root for ‘suitcase’ in some European languages, provides safe and private online storage for all your files, all in one place.”
The photos and video transfer tool is based on open source code from the Data Transfer Project and can be accessed in Facebook settings within “Your Facebook Information.” Users can now select Dropbox or Koofr, in addition to Google Photos, and Facebook says it plans “to expand this list soon.”
To keep users safe, Facebook will ask them to re-enter their password before starting a transfer and encrypt data as it moves between services.
Facebook says it wants “to continue to build data portability features people can trust” and it hopes tools like this can “advance conversations with experts, developers, and policymakers on the privacy questions” that it identified in a recent data portability white paper, as well as a recent submission to the Federal Trade Commission.
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