Definition: Electronic transaction

OECD terminology

An electronic transaction is the sale or purchase of goods or services, whether between businesses, households, individuals, governments, and other public or private organisations, conducted over computer-mediated networks. The goods and services are ordered over those networks, but the payment and the ultimate delivery of the good or service may be conducted on or offline.

Include: orders received or placed on any online application used in automated transactions such as Internet applications, EDI, Minitel or interactive telephone systems (paragraph 148).
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society, "Guide to Measuring the Information Society", Doc. DSTI/ICCP/IIS(2005)6/FINAL, OECD, Paris, 2005
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