Apple is one of the first internet giants to comply with one of the flagship measures of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This text, which has been in use in Europe for some time, binding framework so major platforms can no longer do anything with your personal data. One of the provisions provided by the text, the so-called right to portability of personal data.
All platforms operating in Europe should allow users to easily upload all their data to a service for viewing locally or exporting to another platform. Article 20 paragraph 2 GDPR on the right to data portability nevertheless goes further and specifically stipulates that this is possible. “To ensure, where technically possible, that personal data is transmitted directly from one controller to another”.
Apple sets an example for GDPR compliance
In other words, in the more or less long run Any platform that contains personal data that is easy to transfer from one service to another, such as photos, will have to offer a tool. which makes this transfer easier. Currently, very few platforms have complied with this obligation. Apple is still a pioneer. iCloud today offers a tool to import your iCloud photos directly and automatically to Google Photos.
To use this tool, simply go to its settings. Data and Privacy from your iCloud account. A drop-down list indicates that Apple will soon offer streaming to other platforms. concretely this transfer is not immediate, but can take up to 7 days. It is possible to select all photos and/or videos together or separately. Once the process starts, you will receive a confirmation email, then a second confirmation email when the transfer is complete.
note this You will need enough space in your Google Photos account In order for the transfer to take place correctly. If necessary, some elements are not transferable. If you think you’re running out of space, it is recommended to increase your upstream storage by subscribing to a subscription offer. Apart from Europe, UK, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein, Google Photos Transfer tool is also available in USA, Canada and Australia.