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Numerous services and advertising do GeoIP lookups. They get the country correct, but often the city is wrong. Are there places where I can go and correct this, letting people know the actual location of my IP address. I have a static IP, so it's not going to go to another user in a different location.

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    Since you already seem to know where you live, why bother?
    – innaM
    Dec 18, 2009 at 9:35
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    I know companies sell geoip services to advertisers. I've had the same IP for almost four years, and if I have to see ads, I'd rather they say there's sexy singles in MY suburb, and not the one 20 kms away.
    – brianegge
    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:19
  • I would see this as a gift instead of a curse. Online services know way too much about internet users even without pinpointing their exact location from their IP.
    – svin83
    Dec 20, 2021 at 13:59

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Yes, it's possible to correct your GeoIP location. Read on.

There are numerous providers of "Geo IP" data. You first need to figure out which provider the service in question is using, and then file a report/correction with that provider.

I see my location reported incorrectly every time my router gets a new IP. So I usually check my location against various providers using https://www.iplocation.net (click details link next to your IP adddress) which usually flags up one or more services reporting the wrong location.

You can file corrections at the following pages (not a complete list, feel free to add a comment with other links, corrections or dead link reports):

And some other less friendly reporting methods:

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Matt Sephton's answer is good, but if you are looking to update your IP geolocation with MaxMind, the data correction forms have moved to:

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Apart from changing ISPs (but then it is doubtful whether it would work or not), no.

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No. Your location is probably determined by doing a WhoIs query against your IP block. Whatever address is listed as owning that IP block is where they are probably getting your "estimated" geographical information.

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