Fixing Google geolocation screwups

Matthew Black Matthew.Black at
Tue May 5 15:22:05 UTC 2015

Pedro Cavaca suggests:

Correct me if I'm wrong, that looks like Google simply saves location data in a browser cookie.

"A location helps Google find more relevant information when you use Search, Maps, and other Google products. Learn how Google saves location information on this computer."

matthew black
california state university, long beach

-----Original Message-----
From: NANOG [ at] On Behalf Of Pedro Cavaca
Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 3:41 PM
To: John Levine
Cc: NANOG Mailing List
Subject: Re: Fixing Google geolocation screwups

On 7 April 2015 at 23:26, John Levine <johnl at> wrote:

> A friend of mine lives in Alabama and has business service from at&t.
> But Google thinks he's in France.  We've checked for various 
> possibilities of VPNs and proxies and such, and it's pretty clear that 
> the Goog's geolocation for addresses around is screwed 
> up.  Bing and other services correctly find him in Alabama.
> Poking around I see lots of advice about how to use Google's 
> geolocation data, but nothing on how to update it.  Anyone know the 
> secret?  TIA
> Regards,
> John Levine, johnl at, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for 
> Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. 

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