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Understanding Service Accounts

Misconceptions about Google service accounts are at the heart of a number of problems I’ve seen developers having on Stack Overflow and various issue trackers. Hopefully this post will dispel some common misunderstandings, and break down what they are for. What is a service account for?Requests to many APIs need to be authorised to access data or services. In most cases this is done interactively with a user - the site presents a sign-in button, the user grants the site access to a part of their Google account, and the site receives an access token they can pass with their requests. Google checks this token to ensure the query is allowed to access the data it is requesting.However, there are some situations where the user is not actually present - for example a daily batch script which downloads data from a Google Analytics account, or a process which provisions services for a Google Apps user when a new staff member starts at a company. In these cases, a service account is used to r…

ZeroMQ Pattern: Pub/Sub Data Access

One problem that comes up with some regularity is controlling access to a stream of rapidly changing data, particularly over multicast. For example, there may be a stream of updates which is being broadcast out to many users (possibly a tree of users with repeaters at certain points), but we would like to control which ones can see those updates independently of that data transmission. 
There are a tonne of ways of doing this, but one of my favourites is to take a note from the book of everyones favourite copy protection technology on DVDs and Blu-Rays. Rather than trying to restrict each users access to the data, we encrypt and freely share the data, but share the decryption key only with our approved readers.
The publisher holds a list of keys which are shared between it and individual consumers. It generates a data encryption key which will be used to symmetrically encrypt the messages as they are sent. The publisher encrypts this key under each of the consumer keys, and sends out…