We have huge uproar today in Ingress communities, Ingress Intel Total Conversion declared that they are shutting down their scrip:
Author of the script asked if IITC was okay with Niantic, and he got pretty clear answer on his question:
Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate your enthusiasm in sharing Ingress information. Unfortunately, Ingress Intel Total Conversion all
IITC plugins, and your mobile Ingress Intel app are in violation of our Terms of Service <http://ingress.com/terms>.
We would greatly appreciate it if you remove all works, and refrain from creating any future works using Ingress content.
Please reply to this email when the works in question have been deleted.
So what happened is that Stefan shut down and removed code and pages from the github project. Problem is that there are 180+ branches of his script just on github. So this will be a very hard to pinpoint and shut down completely.
Question that all of you are asking is why, and that is very clear to me and it’s stated in the TOS of Ingress:
3. Use of the Products – Permissions and Restrictions.
Subject to these Terms, Google grants you a personal, non-commercial, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to download and use the Ingress mobile application software, to access and use the Ingress website and service, and to access the Content (as defined below) within the Products for your use.
“Content” means the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, audiovisual combinations, interactive features and other materials you may view on, access through, or contribute to the Products, including content supplied by Google, its suppliers, or users.
In addition to the restrictions set out in the Google Terms of Service, unless you have received prior written authorization from Google (or, as applicable, from the provider of particular Content), you shall not:
(a) copy, translate, modify, or make derivative works of the Products, the Content or any part thereof;
(b) redistribute, sublicense, publish, sell, or in any other way make the Products or Content available to third parties;
(c) access the Product or Content through any technology or means other than those provided by Google (including without limitation automation software, bots, spiders, or hacks or devices of any kind);
(d) extract, scrape, or index the Products or Content (including information about users or game play);
(e) create or maintain any unauthorized connection to the Products, including but not limited to any server that emulates or attempts to emulate the Products;
(f) delete, obscure, or in any manner alter any attribution, warning, or link that appears in the Products or the Content; or
(g) use the Products for any commercial purpose, including but not limited to (i) gathering in-Product items or resources for sale outside the Products, or (ii) performing services in the Products in exchange for payment outside the Product.
Most of this rules are broken in this script, and is going to be hard to get any support from Niantic for this script. I also mentioned in the first post about IITC that it’s against Ingress TOS. Question on that post was how long will Niantic let the plugin live, and it turns out that answer to that question is until today.
This is still not entirely closed story, there is a feedback and suggestion tread on Official Ingress forum/group where you can engage and give your opinion on all this: here
I would not suggest that you spam the tread, but give them real feedback. And Niantic will decide what they will do, and that will probably be upgrading their Intel map and app the best they can. This is beta software and they will work a lot to make it better, but that will not happen over night.
What IITC developers did was amassing utilization of data that they could get from the Ingress Intel page. Just imagine how much more data are behind in the servers, and how much more awesome services can Niantic make in the future…
For now we can only wait for official Ingress API or Updates that we can use…