Karlyn D. Stanley

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Senior Policy Analyst
Washington Office


J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University; B.A. in political science, University of Michigan


Karlyn Stanley is a lawyer and senior policy analyst at RAND Corporation. She has conducted research to assess legal and regulatory policy risks and gaps concerning autonomous vehicle technologies and is a co-author of the 2016 RAND report, Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers. She is the principle author of Data Privacy Considerations for Automated and Connected Vehicles, a 2015 report published by the Texas Transportation Institute Policy Research Center. She has been a featured speaker internationally and nationally on autonomous vehicle legal and policy issues. She is the principal author of a 2014 RAND report, Business Bribery Risk Assessment, which created a business bribery risk index for 197 countries. She used her experience as a former Trial Attorney in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division, at the U.S. Department of Justice to head the Law Enforcement Cyber Center, a RAND, IACP, and PERF project to improve law enforcement resources for state and local investigation and prosecution of cyber crimes. She has leveraged her experience with data privacy and emerging technology issues gained from private law practice to investigate the privacy risks posed by smartphone mobile applications ("mobile apps") and data privacy issues posed by autonomous vehicle technologies.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Recent Projects

  • Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policy Makers
  • Data Privacy Considerations for Automated and Connected Vehicles
  • Business Bribery Risk Assesment
  • U.S. Authorities and Department of Defense Options for Protecting Critical Defense Technologies from Cyber and Economic Attack
  • An Overview of Technology and Federal Regulation Protecting Smartphone Privacy

Selected Publications

James M. Anderson, Nidhi Kalra, Karlyn D. Stanley, Paul Sorensen, Constantine Samaras and Oluwatobi Oluwatoa, Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers, RAND Corporation (RR-443-1-RC), 2016

Karlyn D. Stanley and Jason Wagner, Data Privacy Considerations for Automated and Connected Vehicles, Transportation Policy Research Center, 2015

Karlyn D. Stanley, Ellen Partridge and Frank Douma "Legal Accelerators and Brakes for Deployment of Automated Vehicles," in G. Meyers and S. Beiker (eds.), Road Vehicle Automation 2, Lecture Notes in Mobility, Springer International Publishing, 2015

Karlyn D. Stanley, Elvira N. Loredo, Nicholas Burger, Jeremy N.V. Miles and Clinton Saloga, Business Bribery Risk Assessment, RAND Corporation (RR-839-TII), 2014