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I just wanted to clarify Google maps api terms and conditions.

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Hello,

I'm wanting to build a application and a small piece of it is a "points of interest" that a user can enter on a google map application. I wanted to use Google maps but according to the terms and conditions it seems to be limited on what I can do with it. More specifically it seems that I can't store and it's data like address or latitude or longitude information. Which would mean Google maps is really just a session based solution if I'm understanding correctly. I just want to be able to store the info so that I can populate the map again when they return. Any thoughts out there on this? Maybe I'm misunderstanding their terms and conditions.

Thanks for any feedback!
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by:Gary
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Where does it say that?
You can store the lat/lng of anything you want - maybe there is some confusion over saving the map itself...
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https://developers.google.com/maps/terms

(b) No Pre-Fetching, Caching, or Storage of Content. You must not pre-fetch, cache, or store any Content, except that you may store: (i) limited amounts of Content for the purpose of improving the performance of your Maps API Implementation if you do so temporarily (and in no event for more than 30 calendar days), securely, and in a manner that does not permit use of the Content outside of the Service; and (ii) any content identifier or key that the Maps APIs Documentation specifically permits you to store. For example, you must not use the Content to create an independent database of "places" or other local listings information.
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by:Gary
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user can enter on a google map application - that's your own content, not Google's
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by:brihol44
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Thx but the user would use google maps to GET the longitude, latitude and Google address. I wouldn't expect the user to enter that info but only use the google map as a tool to get the info from Google. So isn't that Google content that I can't store in a db according to the terms?
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Gary earned 2000 total points
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In that case then no, you cannot store that data (except for upto 30 days)

But I cannot see how they could stop you storing just lat/lng, I suppose it comes under the fact that you are using their data to find it.
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