Facebook has updated its ‘Transfer Your Information’ tool, adding a new data type available to transfer and new destinations to transfer data to.
The updates have been in the works for months as Facebook looked to rebuild the tool from the ground up. The updated tool now makes data portability more seamless and allows users more choice and control over what data to transfer from Facebook to other services.
The tool was originally launched in December 2019, and it initially only allowed users to transfer photos and videos to Google Photos.
Facebook now allows the transfer of a new data type, Facebook Events, and includes two new upload destinations: Photobucket and Google Calendar.
Previous destinations included Dropbox and Koofr, added to the tool in September last year. The most recent update, released in April this year, added the ability for users to transfer posts and notes to Google Docs, Blogger, and WordPress.
The changes introduced with this week’s update give users a simpler and more intuitive experience, as they can now identify what destinations and what data types are supported.
Furthermore, they also improve transparency around the status of each transfer, and the ability to simultaneously start multiple data transfers to one destination. There are new filters to allow people to select the data they want to transfer more precisely.
As Facebook improves the way in which it provides users with secure data portability features, its developers are looking into expanding the selection of supported data types and destinations even further.
This means that in the near future we may see a wider range of information made available for transfer and a larger selection of places we can transfer this information to.
The most pressing issue, according to Facebook, comes with ensuring user data is safe and secure, both when it is being transferred, and afterward.
For this reason, the company continues to call for government regulation to clarify the rules about who is responsible for protecting that data as it is transferred to different services.
In the meantime, Facebook is also continuing to contribute to the open-source Data Transfer Project, a three-year-old initiative where organizations like Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, collaborate to build “a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, and user-initiated portability of data between the two platforms.”
These collective efforts support innovation in data portability across the industry and push the technology forward.