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Data storage[]

Online is "a storage environment that makes data available to users immediately (e.g., a spinning disk server)."[1]

Electronic money[]

Online (also spelled on-line and on line) is

the transmission of transfer instructions by users, through such electronic means as computer-to-computer interfaces or electronic terminals, that are entered into a transfer-processing system by automated means. The term may also refer to the storage of data by a transfer-processing system on a computer database such that the user has direct access to the data (frequently in real time) through input/output devices such as terminals.[2]


Online (also spelled on-line and on line) means

(1) Pertaining to a user's ability to interact with a computer, (2) Pertaining to a user's access to computer via terminal, (3) Pertaining to the operation of a functional unit that is under the continual control of a computer. The term 'on line' is also used to describe a user's access to a computer via a terminal.[3]
[t]he state associated with the ability to connect and communicate with other networks, systems, computers, subjects or components in real time through the Internet."[4]
appearing on any public-facing Internet Web site, Web application, or digital application, including a social network or publication.[5]


  1. ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation, Glossary, App. B, at 227.
  2. Report on Electronic Money, Annex 1, Glossary, at 40.
  3. In re TBG, Inc., 229 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 759, 759 n.1 (T.T.A.B. 1986).
  4. The White House, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace: Creating Options for Enhanced Online Security and Privacy, at 33.
  5. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17940(b).