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System and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the internet / Ebay Korea Co., Ltd.




System and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the internet


A system and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet are provided. Customers' detailed address information is received from customer terminals connected over the Internet, a unique address number corresponding to the detailed address information is produced, and the produced unique address number and the corresponding detailed address information are separately stored and managed in separate database (DBs), thereby effectively preventing leakage of the customers' detailed address information due to hacking or a malicious program.



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USPTO Applicaton #: #20160342674
Inventors: Young Bae Ku


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20160342674, System and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the internet.


CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

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This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/483,373, filed on Jun. 12, 2009, which application claims priority to and the benefit of Korean Patent Application No. 2008-0074201, filed on Jul. 29, 2008, which applications are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.

BACKGROUND

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1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a system and method for providing electronic commerce using the Internet, and more particularly, to a system and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet that are capable of effectively preventing leakage of customers' detailed address information due to hacking or a malicious program by receiving the customers' detailed address information from customer terminals connected over the Internet, producing a corresponding unique address number, and separately storing and managing the produced unique address number and the corresponding detailed address information in separate databases (DBs).

2. Discussion of Related Art

Recently, rapid development of the Internet has led to increased electronic commerce in which goods are purchased online. The electronic commerce involves a variety of goods, including daily-use products, household goods, electronic products, etc.

The electronic commerce has been developed with enhanced communication networks, and in particular, provides sellers and buyers with other benefits not provided by traditional commerce systems.

The electronic commerce allows sellers not to have a separate large warehouse for storing goods, which reduces facility budget and accordingly prices of products.

Meanwhile, not only can buyers shop more conveniently', rather than visiting a store, but goods can also be purchased at lower prices.

In online shopping mall websites for electronic commerce, customers input their personal information in a web browser for goods delivery, service performance, and payment in purchasing goods or services on the Internet.

The customers' input personal information is encrypted using an encryption scheme and sent to a credit-card payment company or a credit-card payment bank.

Also, detailed information, such as purchase co addresses, customers' (sellers' or buyers') telephone numbers, is sent to a server of a shopping mall website for electronic commerce over the Internet. When customers subscribe as members, the customers' personal information is stored in a customer database (DB) of the server.

In most shopping mall sites, a customer's personal information that is recorded and sent on the web browser of the customer terminal when the customer subscribes as a member generally includes, for example, an ID, a password, a name, an address, a telephone number, asocial security number, as required inputs, and may also include a company name, a position in a company, a cellular phone number, hobbies, etc.

As described above, the customer stores his or her personal information in a customer DB interworking with a server of an electronic commerce website after subscribing as a member, such that when the customer desires to purchase or sell goods or services on the Internet, the customer's personal information is output on a web browser of a customer terminal for the customer's convenience.

Accordingly, a customer only needs to record types and numbers of goods, and not his or her personal information.

However, when the customer DB of the electronic commerce website is hacked by a hacker due to its poor security, that is, when the customer DB is hacked once, customers\' personal information, i.e., important information such as an address, a social security number, or a credit card number will be exposed in a defenseless state.

Accordingly, since a broker for performing electronic commerce with customers may be seriously damaged, both sellers and buyers dislike storing their personal information in the server.

SUMMARY

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OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is directed to a system and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet that are capable of effectively preventing leakage of customers\' detailed address information due to hacking or a malicious program by receiving the customers\' detailed address information from customer terminals connected over the Internet, producing a corresponding unique address number, and separately storing and managing the produced unique address number and the corresponding detailed address information in separate databases (DBs).

According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a system for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet, the system comprising: a customer address database (DB) for storing a unique address number for each customer; an integrated address DB for storing detailed address information corresponding to the unique address number for each customer, in an integrated manner; and a management server for receiving the customers\' detailed address information from customer terminals connected over the Internet, producing the unique address number for each customer corresponding to the detailed address information, storing the produced unique address number for each customer in the customer address DB, and storing the detailed address information corresponding to the unique address number for each customer in the integrated address DB.

The management server may include: a first server for receiving the customers\' detailed address information from the customer terminals connected over the Internet, producing the unique address number for each customer corresponding to the detailed address information, and storing the produced unique address number for each customer in the customer address DB; and a second server for receiving the detailed address information corresponding to the produced unique address number for each customer from the first server and storing the detailed address information in the integrated address DB.

The management server may be connected to the customer address DB and the integrated address DB through different administrator accounts.

The customer address DB may include: a seller address DB for storing a unique address number for each seller; and a buyer address DB for storing a unique address number for each buyer, wherein the seller address DB is included in the buyer address DB.

The management server may produce one unique address number for the same ones among the customers\' detailed address information input from the customer terminal, store the produced unique address number in the customer address DB, and store the detailed address information corresponding to the unique address number in the integrated address DB.

The management server may temporarily store the customers\' detailed address information in a separate temporary table when the management server is not normally connected with the integrated address DB for communication, and store the customers\' detailed address information in the integrated address DB when the management server is normally connected with the integrated address DB.

The system may further include a backup integrated address DB interworking with the integrated address DB for synchronizing and backing up the customers\' detailed address information for each unique address number stored in the integrated address DB, wherein when the integrated address DB does not normally operate, the management server is connected to the backup integrated address DB.

According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet in an electronic commerce method for brokering online transactions between customers in an online shopping mall comprising a management server operating the online shopping mall and customer terminals connected over the Internet, the method comprising: (a) receiving customers\' detailed address information from customer terminals and producing a unique address number for each customer corresponding to the detailed address information; (b) storing the produced unique address number for each customer in a separate customer address DB; and (c) storing the detailed address information corresponding to the unique address number for each customer in a separate integrated address DB.

Step (a) may further include producing one unique address number for the same ones among the customers\' detailed address information input from the customer terminals, storing the produced unique address number in the customer address DB, and storing the detailed address information corresponding to the unique address number in the integrated address DB.

Step (c) may further include temporarily storing the customers\' detailed address information in a separate temporary table when communication is not normally made with the integrated address DB, and storing the customers\' detailed address information in the integrated address DB when the communication is normally made with the integrated address DB.

The method may further includes connecting to a backup integrated address DB interworking with the integrated address DB for synchronizing and backing up the customers\' detailed address information for each unique address number stored in the integrated address DB when the integrated address DB does not normally operate.

According to still another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a computer-readable recording medium having a computer-executable program recorded thereon for executing a method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet.

With the system and method for managing customer address information in electronic commerce using the Internet according to the present invention, customers\' detailed address information is received from customer terminals connected over the Internet, a unique address number corresponding to the detailed address information is produced, and the produced unique address number and the corresponding detailed address information are separately stored and managed in separate DBs, thereby effectively preventing leakage of the customers\' detailed address information due to hacking or a malicious program.

Even when a hacker intrudes into the customer address DB of an online shopping mall website, he or she cannot obtain complete detailed address information of customers since only a unique address number for each customer is stored in the customer address DB. Thus, the hacker cannot misuse the customers\' detailed address information, and safety of the customers\' detailed address information can be thereby effectively guaranteed.

Also, one unique address number is produced for the same ones among the customers\' detailed address information, and the produced unique address number and the corresponding detailed address information are separately stored and managed in separate DBs, thereby reducing an amount of customer information data in the DBs, efficiently operating and managing the DBs, and building the DBs at low cost.




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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20160342674 A1
Publish Date
11/24/2016
Document #
15217370
File Date
07/22/2016
USPTO Class
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F17/30
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