Christopher Ballod Quoted by Legaltech News on New California Bot Law

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 18, 2019) – Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Partner Christopher E. Ballod was recently quoted by Legaltech news (part of for an article on California’s new bot law, which was passed in October 2018 and went into effect on July 1. The article, titled “With New Bot Law, California Puts Social Media Giants on Notice,” looks at what the law could mean for the major social media platforms.

Mr. Ballod provided the thesis for the article, saying of the law: “Doesn’t it seem like it’s a message to Twitter, to Facebook, to Google: ‘We stopped one step short, we’re at your doorstep. If you want us to knock on the door, then don’t police the bots’.”

However, as Mr. Ballod noted, one problem with enforcing this new law is that many of the illicit bots at issue originate outside the U.S.

“A lot of that activity is from foreign countries, so we’re not going to go to war over it,” Mr. Ballod told Legaltech news.

The article goes on to discuss possible reasons why the California law did not take a firmer stance against the social media giants and whether it will serve as a model for other states. On the latter point, Mr. Ballod said he did not think this was likely, considering how long ago the law was passed, over 8 months ago.

“That’s an awful long time for no states to jump on the bandwagon,” said Mr. Ballod.

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