TX Governor Signs “All Hat, No Cattle” Social Media Law

Claiming there is “a dangerous movement by social media companies to silence conservative viewpoints and ideas,” Texas Governor Jim Abbott (R) signed H.B. 20 (An Act relating to censorship of or certain other interference with digital expression, including expression on social media platforms or through electronic mail messages). The Act is strictly an act of…

California Criminalizes Revenge Porn* (kind of)

California Criminalizes Revenge Porn* *kind of Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 568 introduced by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Central Valley) which criminalizes some (but not all) acts of revenge porn.  Specifically, effective today, it prohibits the following: Any person who photographs or records by any means the image of the intimate body part or parts of another…

California Passes Landmark Children’s Privacy Law

California Passes Landmark Children’s Privacy Law California has passed landmark children’s online privacy legislation that would prohibit a website/mobile app that is directed to minors or that has actual knowledge that a minor is using the site from marketing or advertising a product or service that minors are prohibiting from purchasing (alcoholic beverages, firearms, ammunition, spray paint, tobacco products,…

California Bans Ticket Buying Bots

New Cal Law Protects Fan From Abusive Resellers A bill designed to protect consumer rights by outlawing robotic ticket-buying software programs used by ticket resellers that jump to the front of a ticket buying line and create instant sellouts of entertainment events before the average consumer has a chance is now law in California. eBay, Inc. and StubHub supported the…

Is Steve Peace Leading California Toward Disaster . . . Again?

Throughout my nearly twenty years in California, I have heard native Californians frequently lament the loss of the Golden State that was – a state with the nation’s premier public educational system and infrastructure. To them, California’s passage of Proposition 13’s budgetary straight jacket has led to a creeping “Mississippification”, as the state’s investment in…

State Watch: CDA Amendments, Cal Right to Know and Data Breach, Delta Victory and Social Media Privacy

State Attorney Generals to Push for Limitation on CDA Immunity Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides immunity to websites for third party content on the site.  It has stymied state efforts to regulate online solicitation, which has led some state attorney generals to push for an amendmnet to the CDA to exempt state…

State Watch: Online Gambling and Amazon Tax

New Jersey Becomes Third State to Approve Online Gambling, More to Follow New Jersey has joined Delaware and Nevada among states that have legalized intrastate online gambling, while Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa and Mississippi are considering similar moves.  As states look for a big payout in revenue from such measures, recent studies have analyzed past…