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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.

 

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.