[OSM-dev] OpenID for OpenStreetMap?
frederik at remote.org
Fri Feb 11 07:10:42 GMT 2011
On 02/11/11 06:59, Samat K Jain wrote:
> 2. Eliminate extra, confusing, and unnecessary logins for other OSM websites (help, wiki, forum, etc).
The forum and help system can already use the standard OSM login. The
only thing where you need an extra login is the wiki.
The area where I see most potential benefit for OpenID is an use case
that has popped up on these lists at least twice: Third-party system N
has an existing user base who have logins at the site, and wants these
users to be able to make certain edits in OSM. Since N believes that
their users cannot be asked to go to the OSM site, sign up there, and
then use OAuth to permit A's application to edit the map, N is tempted
to use one single account to submit all edits under (to make it easier
With a well-integrated OpenID/OAuth system, which we don't yet have, N
could act as an OpenID provider against OSM, redirect their users to OSM
once, where the user would only have to fill in a single web page that
says "yes, I am User U and I want to create an OSM account and allow N
to submit edits", and they're all set.
Other than that - even if I *had* a Google account, which I don't, I
would not want Google to know when I log in to OSM. I think that if we
should allow OpenID logins, it is also our responsibility to inform the
user about the privacy they give away by using it.
(Being located in the UK and bound to relatively strict data protection
laws might even mean that we are legally required to do so. But then
again, the same data protection laws should in fact keep UK companies
from using Google Analytics without the user's consent, and I don't
believe many care.)
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