Amazon spreads net wider by federating Facebook and Google (and AWS) identities


Good news for developers who use Amazon(s amzn) Web Services and want to make those apps available to millions of Facebook and Google users: Amazon Web Services Identity Access Management (IAM) can now “federate” Google(s goog) and Facebook(s fb) user identities. Oh, and it also supports its parent company’s new Login With Amazon feature,  which promises that companies can “securely connect your websites and apps with millions of customers.”

awslogojpegAmazon announced identity federation for enterprise users two years ago. That let businesses grant their own employees access to AWS resources based on the users’ current corporate identity management systems. But this new federation capability spreads the net wider.  This federation will let developers authenticate a user with her existing Amazon, Google or Facebook credentials, which then give her access to specific AWS resources using her existing IAM roles.

In his AWS blog post announcing the news, Jeff Wierer, IAM principal product…

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