So far, it was enough to enter an email address and a telephone number for a developer account in Google’s Play Store. Now it’s going to change.
In the future, Google will ask for more information when creating a developer account in the Play Store. As the company announces in its Android developer blog, the provision of additional information is intended to ensure that real people are actually signing up.
In addition to the email address and a telephone number, developers will now have to specify whether the account is personal or belongs to an organization. In addition, Google wants to know the name and postal address.
The email address and telephone number will also be verified in the future. The measures are supposed to help prevent spam and fraud apps in the Play Store. The basic idea should be that fraudsters do not want to divulge as much data about themselves or that incorrect data cannot withstand verification by Google.
In addition, Google will make two-factor authentication (2FA) mandatory for access to the developer account and the Play Console. This step is intended to protect against misuse for additional protection.
The new requirements will not come into full force immediately. From August 2021, all new developer accounts must declare whether they are personal or business. In addition, the new contact details must be entered. The 2FA will then be mandatory.
At the end of 2021, Google wants to make the new requirements mandatory for existing accounts. Google will not publish the contact details but will also use them to communicate with the developers.