Before now, to transfer your media files from the Facebook platform, you are required to "Download Your Information" first, which then enable you to access a secure copy of the data shared with Facebook.
Then last year, Facebook announced the Data Transfer Project, a collaboration with Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter to build a common way for people to transfer data between the different services. Now, the company is testing a new feature that will allow users to transfer their photos and videos to Google Photos directly without the need to download and re-upload it.
Facebook had developed the feature using the Data Transfer Project (DTP), which is a universal protocol for data import/export that aims to give web users more control over their personal data and also allow them to quickly move it between any online services or apps they so desire.
Why is the Data Transfer Project (DTP) necessary?
The Data Transfer Project was meant to create an open source, service-to-service data portability system that allow individuals across different web platforms to easily move their data between the different online services. The project provides an open source library that these services can use to manage the direct transfers on behalf of users of the web services.
Instead of expecting web companies to build their own system from scratch, the Data Transfer Project open source framework allows them to share improvements as well as data models.
That is, if a company is using the Data Transfer Project framework, they can send existing data type to a new service by simply creating new Data Transfer Project importer for the data type. And the new importer also can contribute back to the open source project, allowing the other companies to export to the new service, with no additional technical work.
Any Security & Reliability Issues?
The system only request for the permissions required for task at hand, while access to the destination service ends when the transfer is completed. And the transfers are only initiated by the owner of the account, which requires verification, by Facebook requiring the individual to reenter password before initiating any transfer.
Also, Facebook sends an email to the registered account if a transfer is requested, which will allow them a means to stop the transfer should they change their mind or did not initiate the request.
The feature is currently been tested among select Facebook users in Ireland, UK, which for now only allow the transfer of files to Google Photos. Meanwhile, the company is expected to add support for more web services and data types in the near future.