Françoise Gilbert

East Palo Alto,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Emerging Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 650.328.8500
Fax: 650.328.8508
University University of Montpellier II, France (B.Sc./M.Sc.); University of Paris, France, CAPES Mathématiques
Law SchoolUniversity of Paris, Faculté de Droit Paris IX, France, Maitrise en Droit; Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1983, Illinois; 1993, France; 1998, California

Professional & Community Involvement

• Editorial Board Member, The Practical Lawyer, a publication of the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education Division
• Past Board Member, International Technology Law Association; ALI CLE, Technology Board of Advisors
• Past Board Member, American Telemedicine Association; California E-Heath and Telemedicine Association, Board of Directors; Chicago and Midwest French American Chamber of Commerce

Leadership and Bar Activities

• Co-Chair, PLI Privacy & Security Law Institute, 2000-Present
• Member, International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), 1989-Present
• Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2004-Present
• Member, American Bar Association, 1983-Present
• Business Law Section, Science & Technology Section and International Law Section
• Member, California State Bar, 1998-Present
• Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 1983-1998
• Member, Chicago Bar Association, 1983-1998
• Past Member of Board of Directors, International Technology Law Association
• Past Co-Chair, IAPP KnowldgeNet San Francisco / Silicon Valley, 2004-2012
• Past Member of Executive Committee, Business Law Section of the California State Bar
• Past Member, National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (a joint venture of the ABA and IEEE)
• Past Chair and Founder of Chicago Bar Association Computer Law Committee, YLS International Practice Committee, YLS Corporate Practice Committee, 1984-1997

Professional Certifications

• Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/EU), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), International Association of Privacy Professionals

LanguagesFrench, Native; German, Conversational; Italian, Conversational; Spanish, Conversational

Francoise Gilbert focuses her practice on U.S. and global data privacy and security in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, cloud computing, big data, connected devices, robots and other emerging technologies. Her clients include public or multinational entities, cloud service providers, big data analytics companies, connected device developers, B2C and B2B businesses, publishers, Internet stores, insurance companies, manufacturers, service providers, trade associations, non-profit organizations, software developers, and others.

With more than 30 years of experience addressing cutting edge domestic and international computer, Internet and data protection issues, she brings a unique combination of practical business acumen, sharp legal skills, deep regulatory knowledge, and extensive experience of the information technology markets.

Covering the entire privacy and security spectrum, she counsels clients on complex issues related to evaluating and strategically managing privacy, security, and e-business risks. She assists in the design of product and services to help meet the company's objectives within the constraints of compliance requirements; the development of internal programs to help drive a culture of privacy across entire organizations; product development strategies aimed at meeting the privacy-by-design and security-be-design principles; the development and implementation of information privacy and security strategies and compliance programs; and addressing privacy and security in mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate and commercial transactions.

A sought after speaker, Francoise Gilbert has been featured on numerous panels throughout the United States and internationally on privacy, security, cloud computing, connected objects, smart cities, robot law, risk management, outsourcing, information technology, and e-business law by industry groups, bar associations and trade associations.

In addition, Ms. Gilbert is the author of the leading two-volume treatise Global Privacy and Security Law which covers in depth the privacy and data protection laws of 68 countries on all continents. She has also written numerous chapters in collective works and has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed publications, professional journals and magazines on privacy, security, emerging technologies, compliance, cybercrime, outsourcing, workplace privacy, information law, data governance, Internet law, ecommerce, children protection, and comparative law.

Other Experience

• Founding Member and Lead Outside Counsel, Cloud Security Alliance, 2009-Present
• Lecturer, San Jose State University, Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship, 2005-Present
• Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate School of Health Information Science, 1992-2012

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.10.15 Greenberg Traurig's Francoise Gilbert to Speak on Ad Blocking Trends for the Interactive Advertising Bureau
10.21.15 Greenberg Traurig's Francoise Gilbert to Speak at the Symposium on Credit Reporting in Asia Pacific and Personal Data Protection in Xi' an, China
09.28.15 Greenberg Traurig's Francoise Gilbert to Speak at IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress' Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015
08.24.15 Internationally Renowned Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Attorney Francoise Gilbert Joins Greenberg Traurig's Silicon Valley Office

Published Articles

10.26.15 Invalidation of the Safe Harbor: Will It Cause the Adoption of Data Silos?


10.21.15 Safe Harbor Invalidation Enforcement Might Commence in January 2016
10.06.15 UPDATE:U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Invalidated by European Court of Justice

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Blog and Articles

• Editor, Francoise Gilbert Blog


• Author, Invalidation of the Safe Harbor: Will It Cause the Adoption of Data Silos? BNA Privacy & Security Law Report, October 26, 2015
• Featured Interview, Francoise Gilbert Navigates The Tempest Over US-EU Safe Harbor, Web Master Radio, October 25, 2015
• Quoted, Law Tightens Police Cellphone Searches, Daily Journal, October 12, 2015
• Quoted, Governor Signs Privacy Bill, Law Enforcement Scrambles to Adjust, Daily Journal, October 12, 2015
• Quoted, EU Ruling Means More Paperwork for Tech Firms, The Information, October 8, 2015
• Co-Author, UPDATE:U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Invalidated by European Court of Justice, GT Alerts, October 6, 2015
• Quoted, Dubai: Safe Harbor Ruling Results in 'Domino Effect, ' Data Guidance, May 11, 2015
• Author and Editor, Global Privacy and Security Law, (2 volumes), Aspen / Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2009-Present
• Co-Author, Privacy Compliance and Litigation in California, CEB, 2009-2014
• Co-Author, HIPAA Security Standards, ABA Publications, 2007
• Co-Author, Business Process Outsourcing Transactions, Wiley, 2007
• Co-Author, Technology Outsourcing Transactions, Wiley, 2005
• Co-Author, International Guide to Cyber Security, ABA Publications, 2004
• Co-Author, International Guide to Privacy, ABA Publications, 2003
• Co-Author, International Guide to Combating Cybercrime, ABA Publications, 2002
• Co-Author, Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Health Records, Faulkner & Gray, 2000
• Co-Author, Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Health Records, Faulkner & Gray, 1999


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Safe Harbor Invalidation Enforcement Might Commence in January 2016
Françoise Gilbert, October 27, 2015
In early October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Schrems and Facebook case, declared the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor invalid, as reported in our previous Alert. The CJEU ruling stunned many businesses and organizations throughout the world. For the past 15 years, the Safe...

UPDATE:U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Invalidated by European Court of Justice
Ian C. Ballon,Viola Bensinger,Luke Dixon,Françoise Gilbert,Radboud Ribbert, October 19, 2015
On Oct. 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) released its final judgment on the closely-watched U.S.-EU Safe Harbor (Safe Harbor) case, ruling that national Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in the European Union (EU) retain the right to investigate complaints relating to the Safe Harbor...

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Françoise Gilbert

1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor
East Palo AltoCA 94303


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