Magazine article Security Management

Electronic Commerce

Magazine article Security Management

Electronic Commerce

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A recent ruling by a New York court requires businesses operating via the Internet to ensure that their products are not available in New York if those products are illegal in that state, which could set a precedent that other state courts might follow.

World Interactive Gaming Corporation (WIGC) is a Delaware-based corporation that maintains corporate offices in New York. WIGC owns the Golden Chips Casino (GCC), a casino in Antigua. GCC developed an interactive software program to allow Internet users to gamble at the Antiguan casino from their home computers. GCC advertised its casino nationally.

Suspecting that the company was accepting bets from residents of New York--where gambling is illegal--the New York Attorney General began investigating the company. One investigator found that, when logging into the gambling site, she was asked for her home address. If she listed New York, she was not allowed to log into the site. However, by changing the state to Nevada, access was granted. …

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