Facebook calls for data portability guidance

Facebook Inc has announced that users will now be able to transfer photos and videos to two more tech platform partners.

Facebook’s partnership to allow data portability with Dropbox and Kooft, both cloud storage firms, comes in advance of a Federal Trade Commission hearing later this month. The hearing will look at the benefits and challenges of data portability – a key subject in the current antitrust debate in the US and Europe, and a requirement of both the GDPR and the CCPA.

In an article published today, Erin Egan, Facebook’s Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy wrote that:

“To build portability tools people can trust and use effectively, online services need clear rules about what kinds of data should be portable and who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services. Although some laws, such as the GDPR and CCPA, already guarantee the right to portability, we believe companies and people would benefit from additional guidance about what it means to put those rules into practice.”

The company today published a whitepaper setting out five questions about data portability and privacy:

  • What is data portability?
  • Which data should be portable?
  • Whose data should be portable?
  • How should we protect privacy while enabling portability?
  • After people’s data is transferred, who is responsible if the data is misused or improperly protected?

“Data portability has the potential to benefit everyone, from users to startups to established companies. We hope this paper will be the start of a series of conversations with privacy experts, policymakers, regulators and other companies around the globe about how data portability should be implemented to maximize the benefits while mitigating the risks,” said Egan.



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