Category Archives: IP Geolocation

Significant Changes to Accessing and Using GeoLite2 Databases

Reasons For Changes

MaxMind has always been committed to an individual’s right to privacy on the internet. We welcome the burgeoning privacy regulations, such as GDPR and CCPA, for the benefit they can provide to internet citizens. However, these new legislative measures place restrictions that impact our ability to continue distributing our GeoLite2 databases on a public page under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

We recognize the impact of these changes on the open source community and we do not take these decisions lightly. We want to communicate these changes with transparency and ensure we are balancing your business needs with the privacy needs of individuals. 

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) mandates that businesses honor valid “Do Not Sell” requests from California residents. In this context, complying with a valid request involves MaxMind removing IP addresses from the GeoLite2 data and communicating to GeoLite2 users that the IP addresses in question should (immediately) not be utilized for uses covered under the CCPA. We have been advised that any download, including one without charge, constitutes a sale. Serving GeoLite2 database downloads on a public page simply does not allow us to communicate and honor valid “Do Not Sell” requests we receive from individuals.

The solution we have chosen is to introduce a new end-user license agreement containing the relevant data processing provisions that both we, as the business providing data, and you, as the third party user of the data, need to comply with applicable data privacy regulations. Additionally, by requiring a MaxMind account and contact information from you, we will be able to communicate all valid “Do Not Sell” requests to you as we receive them.

With this approach, we can continue to offer GeoLite2 databases, without charge, while remaining responsible stewards of data that improves the experience of countless users across the internet.

Summary Of Changes

Starting December 30, 2019, we will be requiring users of our GeoLite2 databases to register for a MaxMind account and obtain a license key in order to download GeoLite2 databases. We will continue to offer the GeoLite2 databases without charge, and with the ability to redistribute with proper attribution and in compliance with privacy regulations. In addition, we are introducing a new end-user license agreement to govern your use of the GeoLite2 databases. Previously, GeoLite2 databases were accessible for download to the public on our developer website and were licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Starting December 30, 2019, downloads will no longer be served from our public GeoLite2 page, from geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/*, or from any other public URL. See the section below for steps on how to migrate to the new download mechanism.

GeoLite2 Databases Affected

  • GeoLite2 Country
  • GeoLite2 City
  • GeoLite2 ASN

Steps for Migration     

  1. Sign up for a MaxMind account (no purchase required)
  2. Set your password and create a license key
  3. Setup your download mechanism by using our GeoIP Update program or creating a direct download script

On December 30, 2019, downloads will no longer be served from our public GeoLite2 page, from geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/*, or from any other public URL.

To continue using GeoLite2 databases:

1. Review our new GeoLite2 EULA.
2. Sign up for a MaxMind account.

 

Important Updates about TLS v1.0/v1.1, Unencrypted HTTP Requests, and the Legacy minFraud SOAP API

October 16, 2019:
We retired support for TLS v1.0/v1.1 and unencrypted HTTP requests to minFraud services on October 16, 2019, as part of our commitment to securing and protecting your data. Please ensure you are using TLS v1.2+ to connect to MaxMind services.

In the coming months, we will be retiring the following:

  1. TLS v1.0 and 1.1 support across MaxMind products and services (October 16, 2019);
  2. Unencrypted HTTP requests to our legacy minFraud services (October 16, 2019); and
  3. The legacy minFraud service SOAP API (January 31, 2020).

Read on below for more information. MaxMind is deeply committed to information security and protecting customer data, and taking these steps will allow us to ensure your data is as safe and secure as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Types of Anonymous IPs and How They Affect Your Business

Anonymous IP addresses (sometimes incorrectly generalized as “proxies”) serve to hide a web user’s true IP address and obfuscate their geolocation. There are legitimate reasons, usually related to privacy or security, to use anonymous IPs, but many businesses find that fraudsters and other bad actors also use anonymous IPs in malicious ways that affect the bottom line.

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We Are Listening: Latitude and Longitude Will Remain in the GeoLite2 Databases

Earlier this year, we announced our plans to discontinue the GeoLite Legacy databases. As part of sharing that decision with you, we mentioned that we would be removing latitude and longitude coordinates from the GeoLite2 databases in 2019.

After careful consideration, taking into account customer feedback, we have decided against removing latitude and longitude coordinates from the GeoLite2 databases. We are in the process of reviewing coordinates used in all of our GeoLite2 and GeoIP databases to ensure there is no risk of misuse.

Moving forward, we will still be discontinuing the GeoLite Legacy databases and will continue to support open source through our GeoLite2 databases. Please continue to check our blog, Support Center, websites, and our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts for additional updates on our review of GeoLite2 database coordinates.

At MaxMind, “open communication” is one of our core values. We’re listening to you and we take your feedback seriously.

Additional information can also be found in our earlier blog: Discontinuation of the GeoLite Legacy Databases.


GeoLite2 databases are free IP geolocation databases comparable to, but less accurate than, MaxMind’s GeoIP2 databases. Please remember to use the accuracy radius if displaying coordinates on a map.

Going Local: How MaxMind Helps GeoFli’s Customers’ Conversion Rates Soar

Digitally savvy consumers are increasingly seeking online experiences tailored to their interests; meanwhile, web personalization companies like GeoFli are increasingly seeking ways to deliver just the right experiences to those consumers, at the right time.

“We wanted to create a service to display website content based on a visitor’s IP address,” said GeoFli co-founder Nick Shontz. “Using MaxMind’s GeoIP2 City database combined with GeoFli’s custom software, we have seen conversion rates double for our customers. It’s great having an industry-leading tool like GeoIP2 City that’s so easy to integrate with our systems and have such great application and scalability,” Shontz added. 

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Discontinuation of the GeoLite Legacy Databases

Important Update April 11, 2018. Latitude and Longitude Will Remain in the GeoLite2 Databases.


Free and open source code has been part of MaxMind’s technical and organizational foundation since our earliest days. As we continue to develop new products to better service our customers with a broader range of diverse and innovative offerings, we occasionally find it necessary to discontinue or phase out some of our products or services.

Accordingly, we have decided to discontinue the GeoLite Legacy databases on January 2, 2019. (Note that we will begin by discontinuing updates to the free GeoLite Legacy databases as of April 1, 2018. For info, see the “Important dates to consider” section.)

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MaxMind Will Be Exhibiting at ad:tech November 1 and 2

MaxMind is heading to ad:tech New York, one of the world’s largest conferences for digital brands and technology leaders. Come visit us at our booth and learn more about our GeoIP and minFraud products, and stick around for a speech hosted by our Director of Business Development Jenn Sessler.

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MaxMind’s Paladin Report Is Now Available

Deciding on the right fraud prevention and IP intelligence provider can be a daunting task. With worldwide internet usage projected to grow every year, your choice matters now more than ever. So, make an informed, educated one with MaxMind’s Paladin Report.

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Using Custom Inputs to Refine Your Response to Fraud

Online fraud is a complex, hard to detect, and constantly evolving type of crime with serious business consequences. While many e-commerce merchants are looking for new ways to engage with customers, fraudsters are also looking for new ways to exploit them. In a way, every touchpoint you create – from buy online/pick up in store options to social click-to-buy ads, mobile shopping to loyalty rewards programs – is another opportunity for cybercriminals to bypass your fraud screening.

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GeoIP Services Ensure Fomo’s Customers Don’t “Miss Out” on Sales

Every year, more than a billion consumers shop on e-commerce websites. And in 2016, a new startup called Fomo set out to help merchants reach that audience. To do that, Fomo first needed to find a service partner with expertise in geolocation. They chose MaxMind. “We’re a relatively new company, but our growth has been phenomenal since we added MaxMind’s GeoIP2 Precision services,” said Fomo’s co-founder Ryan Kulp.

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