Apple, Facebook and Others Sign up for a Data Transfer Project To Move Data Between Social Platforms

Data Transfer Project or otherwise known as DTP is an open-source standard for data portability. It means that users will be able to transfer their photos, videos and other data between social platforms.

Facebook and other online service platforms have been under pressure to ensure users can easily switch platforms. Failing to do this would mean Facebook to come into conflict with the antitrust laws.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have sign for an open-source standard which will allow users to transfer their data between social platforms.

The Data Transfer Project uses services’ existing APIs and authorization mechanisms to access data. It then uses service specific adapters to transfer that data into a common format, and then back into the new service’s API.

There are many use cases for users porting data directly between services, some we know about today, and some we have yet to discover. Examples of ones we know users want today are:

  • Trying out a new service
  • Leaving a service
  • Backing up your data

Facebook is testing a DTP tool and is refining it before its global release next year. The feature is currently available to users in Ireland and is only able to export data to Google Photos.

Today, we’re releasing a tool that will enable Facebook users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos directly to other services, starting with Google Photos […]
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 and will first be available to people in Ireland, with worldwide availability planned for the first half of 2020. People can access this new tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information, the same place where you can download your information. We’ve kept privacy and security as top priorities, so all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated.

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