Release Notes: Cleaned up user authentication code and agency uploads fixed

Release Notes: Cleaned up user authentication code and agency uploads fixed

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Edited by JPat Brown

This week, we cleaned up the source code for our user authentication service, including adding additional software tests and making it easier to run locally for others who want to use it.

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Cleaned up user authentication service

Squarelet is the internal name for our new user authentication service. Last week we made it easier to get in running locally and added tests to reduce errors and bugs going forward. Just like all of our other work, Squarelet is open source. Long term, we have a lot of improvements planned, so if you’re interested in using it as a base for your own authentication system — or in letting MuckRock users be able to log in to your journalism-centric service with their existing accounts — get in touch.

Fixed agency upload links

When we submit requests via email, we also generate a link that allows agencies to upload responsive documents directly and update the request status via a web interface. Unfortunately, when we added the new user authentication system, we created a bug that blocked agencies from getting new links (for security reasons, each link is only usable one time). This bug is now fixed.

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