Privacy concerns and registration for the LA Times

Greetings LA Times,

I received your email asking me to sign up at your new website today so that I could continue receiving emailed headlines. I was a little surprised to see that you've set up single sign-on through Twitter and Facebook, and more surprised to see that you offered explanation neither on *why* Twitter asked me to make sure I trust you, nor what you would be doing with the broad access to my Facebook data that Facebook provides. (Yes, I read your privacy policy, and it doesn't seem to address the new signons.)

Quite honestly, you're a company and not one of my personal friends, and you don't have any "need to know" for my personal data. It's that simple: you don't need to see what's on my wall, what I do on vacation, photos of me and my friends, etc. And you haven't established any need for the access to my Twitter account that Twitter themselves say should only be given to trusted parties.

Regrettably for both of us, you are now nine days away from losing me, simply because it's no longer enough for you to accept an email registration and direct line to my inbox. This is something I feel pretty strongly about, and I *won't* be back unless something at your end changes. Please think about this, and the fact that you'll be losing others who won't bother to speak up, as you prepare to cancel registrations on May 1.

Kind regards,
Patrick Madden