Unverified Developer - How to verify yourself as the developer

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Alan Wells

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Sep 17, 2019, 2:40:38 PM9/17/19
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In the "Security Checkup" - "Third party access" section of your Google account, you can click the three dots, then choose "App Details" and there is a section for the developer.  Even though my add-on has been verified for OAuth, it states in this section: "Unverified Developer"

How can I verify myself to Google as the developer?

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Martin Hawksey

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Sep 17, 2019, 3:18:55 PM9/17/19
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... is it still an issue if you revoke access and reauthorize (my guess is based on https://www.sanebox.com/help/6-oh-my-gosh-google-says-sanebox-isn-t-a-verified-developer ) 

Alan Wells

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Sep 17, 2019, 3:43:10 PM9/17/19
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That worked.  Now the add-on doesn't even show up in the list of:

"Third Party Access - Open Issues"

That's good to know.  Thank you.

Martin Hawksey

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Sep 17, 2019, 4:40:41 PM9/17/19
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...that is indeed very useful to know. - thanks for confirming

Faustino Rodriguez

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Sep 18, 2019, 7:52:02 AM9/18/19
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there is even another layer on that issue:
in my case, the developer was verified, but the add-on changed the scopes, reducing from drive to drive.file
- for existing users who authorized full drive access before
- when reauthorizing the add-on just for drive.file, the security checkup won't get updated to the new scopes
- so it triggers the the "Unverified developer" warning
- but also a scary "Remove risky access to your data"
"Some apps or services you allowed to access your Google Account have not been verified by Google. Since they have extensive access to your personal information, you should remove their access unless you trust them."

Here the link for that old long discussion, what it's still an open issue

Andrew Apell

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Sep 19, 2019, 2:58:27 AM9/19/19
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Now that your issue is resolved, I think I can ask a related question (I hope), instead of starting a new topic:

How can developers take advantage of this? I see some posting "verified by Google" against their apps. Is that allowed?

Alan Wells

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Sep 19, 2019, 9:34:51 AM9/19/19
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Good question.  I rarely look at other add-ons, so I don't know whether there is some official, Google approved way to promote your add-on / app as approved by Google. 

I did apply to become a Google Partner, and was initially accepted, but I am not following through with pursuing that.  And I don't even really know what they are offering.   I know that the Google Partner people basically refuse to answer any questions, unless you provide personal information, agree to the Privacy Policy, and make an appointment with them. 
What I'm saying is, if you become a Google Partner, it's probably acceptable to advertise yourself as a Google Partner.  I guess the only issue would be if you advertised as being verified and were not.  But that would probably become quickly apparent by anyone installing the add-on.

I'm not the person to give an official answer, and I'd like to know also.
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