At Facebook, part of having a free and open internet means that people should be able to share their data with the apps or services they like most. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another. This gives people control and choice. That’s why they support the principle of data portability.
Data Portability & Privacy
Almost a decade, Facebook enabled people to download their info from their platform and it recently improved his tools to make it easier to take this information to another service. Facebook can offer people even more control through a new generation of data portability tools to protect privacy and support innovation.
Unpacking Data Portability
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- What is data portability? “Data portability” has its own definition but it from place to place. Facebook tries to set out a classification to the difference between different types of data transfers with the aim of identifying what is — and isn’t — “data portability.”
- Which data should be portable? Facebook discuss different opinions on what it means for a person to port the data “provided” to service & what factors stakeholders should acknowledge in defining the scope of data.
- Whose data should be portable? Data is usually linked with more than one person, like photos, videos, and contact lists. Should forwarding companies limit data portability in those cases? How can providers so sure that each individual’s rights are accounted for?
- How to protect privacy while enabling portability? What responsibilities, if any, should forward companies have with respect to people requesting or receiving data transfers and people whose interests may be implicated by a transfer?
- Once data is transferred, who is responsible if the data is misused or improperly protected? Should forward or recipient companies be accountable? Should users themselves be responsible for issues that affect their data?
Data portability has the capability to benefit everyone, from users to startups to established companies.
While Facebook looks forward to working with others to develop rules of the road, there are a number of steps Facebook are already taking:
- Exploring future portability tools. In 2018, Facebook enhanced its data portability tool & are now exploring what the next generation of tools should look like.
- Creating new Benchmarks as part of the Data Transfer Project. In 2018, Facebook joined 3 companies- Google, Microsoft, and Twitter on the Data Transfer Project to find a common way for people to share their info whenever they need.
- Introducing conversations with experts and policymakers across the globe. Facebook will introduce and join a series of roundtables and workshops with policymakers and experts on data portability across the globe. In these workshops, it will draw on the lessons from their global Trust, Transparency and Control Design Jam series to explore options for new data tools.
- Contributing to innovative projects such as the UK Data Mobility Sandbox. Facebook is working with experts globally, NGOs and governments to find better solutions.