Started Facebook today, Friday, pressed Friday for legislation to facilitate the transfer of photos and videos to a competing technology platform, in the comments it sent to the Federal Trade Commission before a hearing on this issue scheduled for September 22nd.
Data portability – a potential remedy for large tech companies that make it difficult to control social media material for smaller competitors to take off – has become a major part of the antitrust debate in the United States and Europe.
And last April, Facebook allowed users in the United States and Canada to transfer photos and videos to Google Photos for the first time – a move likely to help the company respond to US regulators and lawmakers, who are investigating its competitive practices and allegations that it stifles. The competition.
“The Federal Trade Commission often issues reports after these workshops … I think its recommendations should include specific portability legislation,” Bijan Madani, Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy, told Reuters.
Facebook supports a portability bill that’s already running through Congress called the “Access Act” from Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Mark Warner and Republican Senator Josh Hawley. It may require large technology platforms to allow their users to easily transfer their data to other services.
Madani added that the social media platform is also pushing for more clarity about the types of data that should be transferable and who is responsible for protecting this information as it moves to different services.
Data portability is a requirement under the European Privacy Act (GDPR) and the California Privacy Act (CCPA (California Consumer Protection Act)).
Facebook developed its data transfer tool as a member of the Data Transfer Project – which was formed to allow web users to easily transfer their data between online service providers whenever they wanted, and Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple accounts are among its contributors.