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OpenID Foundation writes an open letter to Apple regarding risks in its Sign-In with Apple feature.

Prior to the release of the ‍Beta version of iOS13, Mac OS and iPad OS for public testing, Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 that Privacy will now be a service rather than an add-on feature. 

As developers and public testers are on work in checking the primitive operating systems to suggest improvements, OpenID Foundation has written an open letter to Mr. Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering department at Apple regarding the risks associated with Sign in with Apple.

If you don’t know what OpenID Foundation is all about, we have the complete description wrapped up in few lines for you.

It is a non-profit organization that has designed an identity protocol, built on OAuth 2.0 which is widely adopted as a means to enable third-party login to apps without setting different accounts and passwords for every application. It includes the log in options using accounts of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Paypal, Twitter and many more using the standard measures. 

The open letter written by OpenID claims that Apple has attempted largely to implement the OpenID Connect for Sign in with Apple feature but it has not been incorporated entirely. The differences between OpenID connect and Sign-in with Apple have been acknowledged by OpenID to be exposing the Apple user to a greater risk of attack. Besides that, it also puts a large burden on the developers of both OpenID Connect and Sign-in with Apple.

To cover the gaps and ensure privacy along with safety, OpenID offered Apple to turn interoperable with OpenID Connect Relying Party Software. It offered Apple to join their Foundation and make Sign-in with Apple an option available on their sign-in platform.  

The beauty of the letter lies in the opening and closing paragraph wherein the former, OpenID applauds Apple’s efforts in allowing its users to log into web application through Sign-in with Apple and in the later, OpenID expects Apple’s feedback on the offer of interoperability. 

Clearly, the paradox for Apple can be seen. It intended to brush away Google and Microsoft from being a mode of Sign-in option on iPhones, iPad, and iMac but the cases have turned upside down to challenge Apple’s commitment in making Privacy of Customers a priority. 

All we need to look forward to is Apple’s next move to either accept or reject the Foundation’s Offer in a way that doesn’t hamper its customer’s interest.

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