Francoise Gilbert

Francoise Gilbert


Francoise Gilbert is Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and focuses her practice on U.S. and global data privacy and cybersecurity in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, preparation for and compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity, connected devices, intelligent vehicles, artificial intelligence, robots and other emerging technologies. Her clients include public or multinational entities, cloud service providers, data analytics companies, connected device developers, 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 sharp legal skills, deep regulatory knowledge, and broad 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 compliance programs to meet data protection laws in a variety of markets, including the EU (with the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR), Asia/Pacific, Middle East / Africa, and the Americas. She also advises clients in 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-by-design principles; 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, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), global privacy programs, 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.


  • Information privacy and security, US and international
  • Big data, data analytics
  • Interest-based advertising
  • Internet of Things, connected objects, intelligent vehicles, smart cities
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cloud computing; outsourcing
  • Complex technology licensing
  • Blockchain/cryptocurrency
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Esperienze Professionali

  • 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

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides, "Best of the Best," Privacy & Data Protection, 2019 
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2017
  • Shortlisted, Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Technology," 2017-2018
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders, 2017
  • Honoree, The National Law Journal, "Trailblazer" Awards, Cyber Security & Data Privacy, 2015
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Information Privacy and Security, 2009-Present
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Information Privacy and Security, 2009-2017
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Information Technology Law and Privacy and Data Security Law," 2008-Present
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "San Francisco Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law," 2014
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal: Technology, Media and Telecommunications, 2015
  • Listed, Who’s Who Legal: E-Commerce, Information Privacy and Security, 1999-2014
  • Listed, San Francisco’s Best Lawyers Magazine, "Privacy and Data Security Law," 2008-Present
  • Listed, Ethisphere, "Attorneys Who Matter," 2012-2013
  • Listed, Computerworld, "Best Privacy Advisers," 2010
  • 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 KnowledgeNet 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


  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Maitrise en Droit, University of Paris, Faculté de Droit Paris IX (France)
  • CAPES Mathématiques, University of Paris (France)
  • B.Sc. and M.Sc., University of Montpellier II (France)
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Francese, Madrelingua
  • Tedesco, Colloquiale
  • Italiano, Colloquiale
  • Spagnolo, Colloquiale