Facebook Inc on Monday said it would introduce its newest feature wherein it allows transfer of photos and videos from Facebook directly to Google Photos

Irelanders will be the first users of this tool, while it will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020.

Every data transfer will be encrypted and users will be required to enter a password to complete the transfer. 

In September, Facebook said it supports data portability and it is currently planning to develop new tools around it. 

Senators of the United States Josh Hawley, Mark Warner, and Richard Blumenthal initiated a bill that would mandate communications platforms with over 100 million monthly active members to let its users easily move or port their data to a different network.

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Meanwhile, the US and European regulators have been testing how Facebook performs in terms of controlling personal data including images as they delve into whether its prominence is stifling competition and limiting choice for users. 

On the other hand, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for new rules in order to address issues, specifically “data portability.”

The company mentioned that, while it worked on a new set of data portability tools, it had met with policymakers, regulators, and scholars in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore to study which data should be portable and how to secure privacy. 

Facebook is building tools that “take into account the feedback we’ve received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess,” Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy, said in a blog post

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