Jason Ditzian, writing for The Bold Italic on what happened when the car sharing service he’d been using for 10 years was acquired:
However, City CarShare was recently bought by a corporation,
Getaround. And Getaround built its platform on top of Facebook. So
when I went to migrate my account over to them, I found that
there’s literally no way to do it as a non-Facebook user. If I
want to share cars with my fellow city dwellers, I’m compelled to
strike a Faustian bargain.
To access the services of Getaround, one must authenticate their
identity through Facebook. […]
I know that for you Facebook-having people, this is no big deal.
You have resigned yourself to the idea of Facebook owning your
data. But if you don’t, haven’t and/or won’t resign to this fate,
you might end up left, like me, in a peculiar situation: the price
of “sharing” a car equals money plus forking over a huge trove of
personal data. Personal information is supplanting money as a form
There’s clearly a problem here, but I don’t think it’s Facebook’s fault. I think the problem is that Getaround sucks.