Carl Schonander

Carl Schonander leads SIIA's public policy team. The team advocates for a pro innovation technology and information policy agenda with respect to privacy; the responsible use of data; respect for the first amendment and continued use of public records; intellectual property rights, digital trade; and improving student outcomes through the use of education technology.

Schonander was previously SIIA’s Senior Director for International Public Policy. In that role, Schonander focused on cross-border data flows, including the successful EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. He oversaw SIIA’s digital trade advocacy, which is increasingly critical to industry competitiveness.

Schonander is a former US diplomat. His last three Foreign Service assignments were as the Senior Advisor for Europe, OECD and WIPO Intellectual Property Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Trade Policy Advisor in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.

Schonander has a Masters of Law degree from George Washington University, a Masters Degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Stockholm.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Carl Schonander and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

European Court of Justice 'right to be forgotten' ruling likely to be relitigated

Why it’s time for a strong federal privacy law

Why it’s time for a strong federal privacy law

A federal privacy statute can harmonize privacy law, leave room for states to regulate/enforce and enable American global tech policy leadership.

Enhancing trust in artificial intelligence: Audits and explanations can help

Enhancing trust in artificial intelligence: Audits and explanations can help

There are a lot of tools available to help with AI audits and explanations and more will be available in the coming years.

French judicial analytics ban undermines rule of law

French judicial analytics ban undermines rule of law

The ban is likely unconstitutional in the United States.

The electronic signature market: a US competitive success story

The electronic signature market: a US competitive success story

US policy tools that encourage the use of e-signatures is a boon for both businesses and the economy.

States should not rush to pass laws affecting auto dealer and auto consumer data

States should not rush to pass laws affecting auto dealer and auto consumer data

Due to cybersecurity and other impending regulations, patience is key.

UK ‘Online Harms White Paper’ is ambitious and takes prescriptive approach

UK ‘Online Harms White Paper’ is ambitious and takes prescriptive approach

In order for the approach to not negatively affect innovation, however, there needs to be more prioritization.

International tax talks and country actions rendering digital tax discussion moot

International tax talks and country actions rendering digital tax discussion moot

Sector-specific – including digital – taxes make no sense.

The United States needs a federal privacy law

The United States needs a federal privacy law

As different US states and countries around the world enact privacy laws, it’s time for the federal government to as well.

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