California’s new “bot” law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17940, et seq. (SB 1001) takes effect on July 1, 2019.  This means that any company or individual that uses bots online for solicitations of commercial transactions or to influence a vote in an election should ensure appropriate “clear, conspicuous, and reasonably designated” disclosures are made to inform persons with whom a bot communicates or interacts with that it is a bot and not a human. SB 1001 is not a ban of all bots, rather, it simply aims to foster transparency for California online users.

For more details see our blog post from October here.