Archived — Definitions

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Child: someone who has not reached his or her 13th birthday.

Consumer: an individual who engages in commercial activity for personal, family or household purposes.

Electronic commerce: a commercial activity that involves buying, selling, leasing, licensing or otherwise providing a good or service online, including over the Internet. This includes marketing as well as soliciting donations and operating contests and clubs.

Good or service: includes a good, service, contract for service or other item of value.

Personal information: any information about an identifiable individual.

Transaction: any agreement between a vendor and a consumer for provision of a good or service.

Vendor: an organization, whether a for profit business or a non-profit entity, conducting electronic commerce directly with consumers.

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