Re: Google Maps


This was posted in the lower right hand side on the blog about the maps.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Google Maps disabled on temporarily due to a TOS accident

I woke up today to find out that Google Maps are disabled on, and the site is slightly crippled.

Google had noticed that has integrated support for OSM map tiles *and* Street View. I hadn't noticed that the combination of Street View on top of anything else than Google Maps is forbidden according to the Maps API Terms Of Service document. Or I had just forgotten about it when implementing OSM or Street View (there was probably a year or two of time between the two, and probably another year or two since I actually read the lengthy TOS).

Google had nicely sent me a few emails to warn about the unapproved combination, first one already on 5th of March. I had moved away from reading emails regularly in Gmail a long while back, but forgotten to arrange for these emails from Google APIs to go to my primary email address. Silly me. Since I didn't respond or do anything about the situation, they disabled Maps API, which certainly got my attention.

Oh well. OSM support is disabled for now, and I notified Google that is again compliant with the terms. Should be back soonish.

I might put OSM support back later, and remove Street View instead, as OSM is probably more useful in practice at some areas (although admittedly less visual and "cool"). Or maybe make some sort of arrangement where Street View only works if you have Google Maps selected instead of OSM. Have to check with the Google folks if that's OK.

I'll post updates on Twitter ( and Facebook ( Stay tuned.

My mistake entirely, although quite a human one. When did you last read the full text of the license agreement of your new software or mobile phone? :)

Posted by Heikki Hannikainen at Thursday, April 02, 2015 

On Apr 1, 2015 9:33 PM, "'Anthony (N2KI)' n2ki.ham@... [aprsisce]" <aprsisce@...> wrote:

Hey did anyone else see the disclaimer from Google on  Looks like Google terminated the use of Google Maps on  If you open the webpage you get a pop up with the diclaimer to go to

Could this be the end of as we know it?

Anthony (N2KI)

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