...actually your already paying them by having an account.
How? What's the value of having you create a user name? Your name and address are a matter of public record, and that's all you're giving them.
And by giving your creditcard they can have a look at your expensis.
This is nonsense. If I gave you my credit card number, how would you use it to learn about my spending habits? You give that number to every business from whom you purchase goods and services.
Finally the dutch government also starts to see it and advises government institutions as well as educational institutions not to use Google services anymore after having tried for half a year to limit their data greed.
There may be good reasons not to use Google services - the Chrome browser, for example, has been referred to as "spyware" because it collects so much information. But let's not make up fake reasons.
I would be very happy if Lazo would find the time to provide an alternative.
What alternative? The only one that's as good as Google Maps is MapBox. And guess what. You have to create an account, provide a credit card, and use a key on your web pages to access the maps. The pricing model is a little different, but otherwise, it's just like Google Maps. Do you think that MapBox is not gathering information? Do you think they're providing this service for free? Do you think that MapBox is not a business, but is a roving commission to do good?
Everyone wants high quality services that are very expensive to provide. No one wants to pay for them.
I totally missed that Google faced this several years ago, I thought I had a map in the album still but not.
Looked at this a bit today and I did not understand any of this.
On Google's page I can not even find How to create an API key, Tried but there is still none, I do not even know Which API key to use.
Grateful for help. This is just annoying when you do not know how to do it and Google did not find it easy to understand this either.
Their system is set up for professional app developers who may be managing dozens of different apps that use maps. Unfortunately, that means that for the hobbyist, it's ten times more complicated than it needs to be.
If you don't already have a billing account with Google, you have to create one. Then you can follow the instructions to get an API key. Initially, don't restrict it to a specific domain - just get an unrestricted key. Once you're sure that's working, then you can restrict that key so that it can be used only on your domain.
It works now but what will happends after the 90 days free trial? Will my API stop working?
No. I've been using the same API keys for over five years, and I have never had to pay Google a penny for them. You get $200 worth every month free of charge. Unless your site gets many, many thousands of visitors, you will never exceed that limit.
And how do i find my API key when i need it again, now i can't find it.
Copy and paste it into a text file somewhere on your PC. Save it in the Settings > Advanced > Notes tab in your default project. Bookmark the Google page: