Re: [OAUTH-WG] Assessing the negative effects of proposed standards

Jim Manico <jim@manicode.com> Mon, 01 March 2021 16:32 UTC

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Subject: Re: [OAUTH-WG] Assessing the negative effects of proposed standards
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Vittorio,

I feel you are conflating OIDC with OAuth2. In delegation workflows, the 
AS/RS can be any company and the clients are approved registered 
clients. I use OAuth2 for many of my own consumer needs and there is an 
even distribution of use among many services. OAuth2 protects me. I no 
longer have to hand out my twitter credentials just because my 
conference website wants limited access to my twitter account. I can now 
give my conference website limited delagated access to my twitter 
account and cancel that relationship any time. For years I was forced to 
give up my banking credentials to services like Mint and that is no 
longer the case due to the OAuth2 financial extension (FAPI).

While OIDC is certainly centralizing identity to a few providers, a real 
problem, OAuth2 when used for delegation purposes does not have that 
same inherent risk.

Respectfully,

- Jim Manico


On 3/1/21 9:59 AM, Vittorio Bertola wrote:
>
>> Il 01/03/2021 15:13 Jim Manico <jim@manicode.com> ha scritto:
>>
>>
>> How does OAuth harm privacy? 
> I think you are analyzing the matter at a different level.
>
> If you start from a situation in which everyone is managing their own 
> online identity and credentials, and end up in a situation in which a 
> set of very few big companies (essentially Google, Apple and Facebook) 
> are supplying and managing everyone's online credentials and logins, 
> then [the deployment of] OAuth[-based public identity systems] is 
> harming privacy.
>
> Centralization is an inherent privacy risk. If you securely and 
> privately deliver your personal information to parties that can 
> monetize, track and aggregate it at scale, then you are losing privacy.
>
> -- 
>
> Vittorio Bertola | Head of Policy & Innovation, Open-Xchange
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-- 
Jim Manico
Manicode Security
https://www.manicode.com