Last month, we discussed online etiquette: how to conduct business online without overstepping the boundaries of propriety and good manners. Companies doing business on the Internet must not only abide by online etiquette, but also by federal regulations and the laws of the states in which they operate. Businesses should also ensure that their Web sites meet legal standards, that they observe international and intellectual property laws and that they respect the privacy of their customers. This month, we explore Internet law--uncharted territory for most small businesses.
Sandra E. Eddy is the author of HTML in Plain English (MIS:Press, $16.95, 800-288-2131), Mastering Lotus SmartSuite 97 for Windows 95 (Sybex, $39.99, 510-523-8233) and The GIF Animator's Guide (MIS:Press, $39.95, 800-288-2131).