Facebook wants debate on users' rights to data transfers

Facebook still sees many unanswered questions about the right of users to transfer data from one online service to another. Among other things, this includes the problem that data that one user wants to transfer can also affect others – for example, when several people are depicted in a photo or contact information is involved.

Facebook released a detailed paper on Wednesday, which should stimulate the discussion about such topics. In addition, Facebook raises the question of whether it can only be transmitted information that a person has made itself available to the provider – or the user-related data that generated a service by analyzing, for example, to personalize the advertising. If, for example, lists of visited websites, stored location information and other activities are transmitted, Facebook wonders.

A key question for Facebook as an online network would be whether or not information about interactions between different users should be transmitted as well. This information could be extremely important for other online networks.

The so-called data portability – the principle that one can extract his information from one service and transfer it to another service – is enshrined in the European General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO). But you need clear rules on what data can be transferred and who is responsible for data protection, argues Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently wrote that data portability must be made very easy for users. Tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter are already working together in an initiative to make the information seamlessly transferable.


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