What you need to know
- OpenID Foundation has responded to Sign in with Apple updates
- The foundation had criticized Apple about security and development concerns
- Chairman Nat Sakimura praises Apple's responsiveness but still wants more
When Apple announced Sign in with Apple at WWDC 2019 in June, the company's privacy-focused login service, everyone was excited about the idea that you could sign up for an app without exposing your personal information. However, the feature had some fundamental flaws that were brought to light by the OpenID Foundation in an open letter written by its Chairman, Nat Sakimura. The letter criticized Apple's implementation of Sign in with Apple as it restricted its availability, opened users to security issues, and left an undue burden on developers:
Now, Nat Sakimura has written a new open letter to the company, praising their efforts to close the gaps identified in the first letter, but still points out a number of improvements that can be made. Reported by AppleInsider, the OpenID Foundation chairman expresses gratitude in Apple's efforts to address the group's original concerns while Sign in with Apple is still in beta:
The group has updated the original document that listed the concerns they had with Sign in with Apple to reflect the improvements that have been made, but they point out that there is still progress to be made:
These improvements to implementing Sign in with Apple will hopefully also help developers, who also expressed concerns around Apple's original policy that would require the option if your app offers social sign-in services like Facebook or Google. Apple has since rolled back some of those requirements too, so it is good to know the company is listening and acting fast to make sure the feature is great for both developers and their customers.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.