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Google beefs up Play Store developer verification in response to scams

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Google is working to enhance the integrity of the Play Store by adding new restrictions and safeguards to developer accounts.

Google Play Store developers will soon have to verify their email address and phone number and provide extra details like a physical address in an attempt to increase security and ensure that accounts are being created by ‘real people,’ the company has announced. Developers will also be required to use two-step verification. The search giant says it’s making the changes “to keep Google Play safe and secure and to better serve our developer community,” and to “make sure that every account is created by a real person with real contact details.”

The Record reports that the announcement coincides with the emergence...

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