I had an issue this week on a system which has been working fine for a while, but stopped fetching some data from google's user account API. I was getting a 403 response from the API, which seemed odd. Luckily I was logging
to my error logs (this is PHP code, and you need to call
before you make the request to get this output) so I could see that I was getting the following back from Google:
SSL is required to perform this operation.
Closer inspection shows that for one of the google endpoints, I had a prefix of
http:// rather than
https://. Those single-character bug fixes that take hours to find are my favourite!