Francoise Gilbert is the Founder and Managing Director of the IT Law Group (www.itlawgroup.com), a niche law firm that focuses on information privacy and security, cloud computing, and data governance. Francoise is also the author and editor of the two-volume treatise Global Privacy and Security Law (www.globalprivacybook.com) (WoltersKluwer Publishers), which analyses the data protection laws of 60-plus countries on all continents.
She was rated as one of the top privacy advisers in the Computerworld “Best Privacy Advisers” list published in January 2011. For several years, she has been recognized by the prestigious Chambers USA and Chambers Global, as one of the leading lawyers in the field of information privacy and security. Chambers describes her as “superb on international issues.” She has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in E-Commerce in the area of information technology and data privacy and security for several years.
Ms. Gilbert regularly advises a wide range of global or publicly held companies, and selected start-ups on a variety of information privacy and security and cloud computing matters, including negotiation of high stakes cloud computing contracts, compliance with a variety of privacy and security laws, development and implementation of policies and procedures, training of workforce and company management, response to security breaches, and implementation of security standards, among others. In connection with global projects, she assists global companies on multinational compliance efforts, such as cloud computing contracts, crossborder data transfers, the consolidation of human resources or customer data, monitoring policies and procedures, and website privacy statements.
Ms. Gilbert serves as General Counsel for the Cloud Security Alliance, and is one of its founding members. She has co-chaired the PLI Privacy & Security Law Institute since its creation in the late 1990’s, and the Silicon Valley KnowledgeNet of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since the mid 2000’s. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the John Marshall Law School, and is a frequent lecturer at the San Jose State University Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship.
In addition to holding law degrees from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (Juris Doctor Degree) and the University of Paris (France) (Maîtrise en Droit), Ms. Gilbert is certified as a CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics and Education (Maîtrise es Sciences Mathematiques and CAPES Mathematiques) from the University of Montpellier (France) and the University of Paris (France).
Ms. Gilbert is admitted to practice law in the United States (California and Illinois Bar) and in France (Paris Bar).
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