Droplet in Amsterdam geolocated in Russian Federation

Posted May 17, 2014 6k views
Hello Let's say that my Droplet IP is (well, in fact it is my Gateway) In some webs, they say that I am in the Russian Federation: Example: While others, in Netherlands: Example: In this page: you can see that the IP2Location, IPligence and IPAddressLabs services locate the IP in Amsterdam, while MaxMind-GeoLiteCity locate the IP in the Russian Federation. I know that it is not a big issue as the Droplet is really in Netherlands. But because of Data Protection Law and Privacy and Electronic Communications EU Directive, I should have the server in Europe (and also provide confidence to my customers that it is really in Europe) Probably you should make an inquiry to MaxMind Geolocation services to update their database. Should I open a ticket ? Thanks Roger

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I do not see why this would affect your server.

This is just geo ip databases being dumb.
Hello Justaguy

I am aware that geo databases does not have anything to do with my droplet. It is about confidence to my customers.

It's fairly common that some services will show the wrong geolocation, they're not all entirely pinpoint accurate. A lot of the time, this comes down to the database not being up-to-date.

Since there's inconsistency showing, it's likely that there's an update coming soon.
My droplet located in AMS is also being geolocated to the RF.
Unfortunately, we don't have any control over these geoip databases. Sometimes it can take some time for a new block of IP addresses to be correctly identified. I believe MaxMind updates their GeoLite database monthly.

I’m facing a similar problem. I use one droplet as a vpn and often online shops display the currency in russian rubel. One online shop even canceled my order because of fraud protection thinking I’m in russia!
What is wrong with the IPs?