Protecting Your Online Privacy: What Online Identity Solutions and Making Money Have in Common

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The Huffington Post asks if identity providers are all in the business to make money, why should Facebook — or any other private company — be willing to act as an identity provider for federal sites? The article points out that “if Facebook won’t serve as an identity provider for a U.S. government website, then the user has to change providers when she wants to access that website. And changing providers in the middle of a session might mean that a user doesn’t go back to using their Facebook credential after the transaction. Facebook doesn’t want to lose her during the web session. So various identity providers are willing to act as identity providers for U.S. government sites even if the providers can’t make use of the information they’ve learned.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.