One of the principles defended by the GDPR is data portability. A CNIL page explains: “The right to portability gives you the opportunity to recover part of your data in a computer-readable format. You can save this portable data elsewhere or simply transfer it from one system to another for reuse for other purposes. “”
So far, platforms like Facebook already offer a function with which you can access a copy of your data in the social network. And this week the company is proposing an expansion of that functionality by allowing the user to push posts, as well as posts posted on Facebook, to other platforms: Google Docs, WordPress, and Blogger.
“To give users more control and choice over their data, we’re introducing two new types of data portability today: Facebook Posts and Notes. Users can now upload their notes and posts directly to Google Docs, Blogger, and WordPress.com. These updates expand the reach of the tool that allows users to upload their photos and videos to Backblaze, Dropbox, Google Photos and Koofr, ”the company announced.
To access this functionality, you need to go to Facebook Settings (in the web version for computers) and then open the “Your Facebook Information” tab. Then you need to click on “Upload a copy of your information”. Before accessing the transfer tool, you will be asked to enter your password.
Facebook: a sign of goodwill when it comes to data portability?
With this feature you can create an archive of your posts on Facebook or create a blog from your posts on the social network. The social network ensures that everything has been done to ensure data security during these transmissions. In addition to the fact that the password is requested before accessing the transfer tool, Facebook also encrypts the information when switching between two services.
Not only does Facebook provide a more convenient option for users looking to move their data to another service, it also seems to want to anticipate future regulations. In addition, the company announces that other features of this type should arrive at other partner services with support for other types of publications.