Hide Data on Webpage.

I am developing a number of web pages that contain Google maps with either outlines of areas or locations.

I would like to hide the data so that people cannot just save the web page and re-use the data tht I have collected to duplicate what I have done.

I do see that it is possible to put locations into a database and then read the mySQL database to pull in the locaitons. Is it also possible to do the same thing with an array of points that defines a boarder or outline

Any other suggestions?
911bobCTOAsked:
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
If you display the data to me, I can save it/replicate it.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I agree with Jason.  You can make it more difficult by loading it with AJAX from another file or database.  But I agree with Jason.  If you load it in my browser, I can save it and re-use if I want to.
Ray PaseurCommented:
No points for this, please, because it's not an answer, but have you checked the terms of use associated with Google maps?  You may find that you have an obligation to keep your Google maps public unless you pay a license fee to Google.  This is independent of the technologies like keeping map data in a database -- it's a legal obligation you assume when you agree to use the Google services.

Publishing on the WWW and keeping information secret are, to be honest, mutually exclusive.  Once you have made the data electronically available, you have released it into the wild, and you can never be sure where it will go after that.
Julian HansenCommented:
Regarding legality - Ray is correct - Google's Terms of use are quite clear - to use their API without license you have to keep it public and open.

One way of circumventing this is to abandon Google in favour of Open Layers - an open source free API that has most of the functionality Google has. You could then put your data behind a login - which won't stop people being able to access the data because as has already been stated - if your browser can get it anyone can get it. By putting it behind a login though you stop casual purloining and automated mining of your data.
911bobCTOAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately got the answer I was afraid of.. but good to know I did not overlook anything
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