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Director of Innovation Policy

Kristian Stout, ICLE's Director of Innovation Policy is an expert in intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and Internet governance. Kristian has been a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Before practicing law, Kristian worked as a technology entrepreneur and a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University.

Data Security

Data Security Privacy


American Data Privacy and Protection Act


After years of fragmented privacy law across the 50 states, a recently introduced bipartisan and bicameral bill proposes to create a federal privacy regime. Sponsors of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) say it will set a national baseline for privacy protections and user remedies, while allowing firms to continue to innovate.


The bill’s breadth and onerous requirements could have unintended negative consequences for consumers. Worse, the measure would only partially preempt state law, arguably leaving the worst of both worlds.

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