Slug: your-privacy-makes-you-less-valuable-to-facebook Date: 2010-05-17 Title: Your Privacy Makes You Less Valuable (To Facebook) layout: post

I’ve got a longer response in the works, but I thought this snippet from Chris Messina’s post about OpenID Connect was particularly insightful (and not even from the main point of this post):

That is, because OpenID users share less information with third parties, they are perceived as being “less valuable” than email-based registrants or users that connect to their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

So while it might seem like an inconvenience to custom-tailor your personal privacy settings on Facebook, the liberal defaults are meant to make Facebook users’ accounts more valuable to relying parties than other, more privacy-preserving account configurations.

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