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Applying appropriate regulations in mobile Internet commerce transactions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014898D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Disclosed is a method and system for determining customer location in wireless e-commerce transactions to facilitate the application of appropriate regulations . Taxation and regulations are important issues in Internet commerce. In many states and countries there are laws that state that the sales tax must depend on the location of the buyer. In many cases display of material may be banned for certain customers. The disclosed system tries to enforce regulations in Internet transactions. As wireless web with cellular phones become popular an easy method is to enforce taxation and regulations based on the geographical position of the cell phone. The position of the cell phone can be found by GPS or in some other manner. The steps are as follows: 1. The phone browser connects to e-commerce server. 2. E-commerce server asks phone browser to return location information (via GPS etc.). If feature to return GPS coordinate to a server is absent in a phone browser, the server downloads the appropriate plug-in to the phone browser to return the location information. If the plug-in is not accepted the server disconnects from the client.