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Changes to North Carolina Online Laws


With the strong influence of electronic media and digitized platforms, many routine activities and work is done online. The availability of the internet at 5G and 6G speeds has enabled thousands of users across North America and Europe to access various networking, banking, posting, gaming, and e-commerce websites on their smartphones. In the US, about 98% of the population has access to stable internet connections and smartphones, which keep them connected to many social and digital platforms. Online businesses and digital platforms spend thousands of dollars on maintaining online privacy. About 46 internet options are available throughout North Carolina, encouraging residents to shift towards online digitized methods. 

The Federal Communications Commission of the US has authority over online legal platforms accessible in the US region. Thousands of online platforms all across the US are banned within seconds over violation of online laws and other dubious online acts. To improve the overall digital environment, the state authorities of North Carolina have implemented and upheld many strict laws and regulations. From buying groceries to paying for entertainment platforms, every action is done over the internet through third-party applications. 10-20 years back, who would have thought, people would be booking their air tickets through e-agents offering various travel and tours services. Moreover, many commuters use the Uber application for booking rides to and from workplaces and other locations. Everything around us has been completely revolutionized, making them easily accessible and user-friendly.

With the growing demand for Online platforms and user-centered mobile applications, users need to be aware of their digital privacy and rights. Almost every SSL encrypted website and application provides end-to-end encrypted security to their online users across all platforms. Technology and automation have simplified our daily lives but have made us more prone to digital privacy threats. However, it’s the responsibility of online regulatory authorities to make substantial online laws and ensure that online platforms implement them. Continue reading about various online laws being implemented across North Carolina and adjoining areas.

Online Property Rental Laws 

Thousands of people rent out stuff and spaces online via third-party applications and platforms. To minimize cheating and fraud, from both ends, the state of North Carolina has allowed tenants to pay rents through pay orders, cheques, and bank deposits rather than online bank transfers. Tenants living in apartments and using commercial spaces can pay via direct bank transfer to property and real estate agents. Moreover, tenants aren’t bound to pay rent or bills online, even if the property isn’t leased. The North Carolina law states that tenants have the right to pay rent by any convenient stream or the online system if possible. The landlord or real estate agency cannot pressurize or force tenants over the stream of payments. 

Online Gaming Laws 

All across the US, and not in North Carolina, online gaming laws have been revised to protect and respect user privacy and their online presence. Only reputable online betting platforms and casinos are regularized under government laws. For the moment, online gambling is legalized only in a few states of the US. You can check this page for more information on which states allow online gambling here. It is expected that online gambling and betting will be regularized entirely next year 2022. The power of decision-making vests in governmental organizations that make laws related to online and digital platforms. Online gambling attracts thousands of avid gamblers on various e-betting and gambling apps across the US. Every state governing body can create its own laws if the federal government regularizes no explicit laws over various subjects. The online gambling industry has been improved since machine learning algorithms, and chatbots are integrated with online gambling casinos and betting platforms. 

E-Banking Laws 

All government and private banks strictly follow digital banking laws across the European and North American regions. To minimize online cyber threats, hacking, and compromised user privacy, banks incorporate end-to-end encrypted banking software’s at the back end of their digital banking software. Moreover, in North Carolina, banking applications and platforms need to explicitly inform their customers about their annual and service charges. No bank or online digital platform can charge their customer for a reversal transaction due to the negligence of the banking platform or the faulty internet connection. Moreover, to strengthen customer confidence in e-banking portals North Carolina government has asked banks to ensure that their digital platforms remain fully operational during emergencies and uncertain situations. At the user’s end, users shouldn’t disclose their personal information, passwords, and usernames over social media platforms and chat forums. 

If you are registering a new bank account, you need to present the evidence of source of income and money trial. To create transparent financial transactions, residents of North Carolina need to corporate with government and private banks across the state. Banks need to send automated messages and emails to their customers regarding any transaction or online activity to create a user-friendly banking environment. Intelligent and automated methods can be applied to digital banking applications to strengthen digital platforms. 

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Online Dating Laws 

Online dating can be addictive and fun at times, but one needs to ensure the authenticity and reliability of dating platforms. North Carolina’s government and online regulatory bodies have advised users to read through the website’s terms and conditions and not fall for sweet scams. If you have filed for your child’s custody, avoid online dating and flirting on social media and various dating platforms. Lawyers advise individuals who have filled divorce over disputes to avoid online dating scams and lust activities. 

Governments of various states haven’t clearly mentioned online dating platforms, but it’s advisable not to take chances and only engage on people recommended and verified platforms. According to the State of North Carolina law, the minimum age of consent is set at 16. Individuals can engage themselves in online sexting and sexual intercourse after their 16th birthday. However, individuals signing up on online platforms must keep their genuine identities covert and avoid illicit online crimes.
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