Françoise Gilbert

Françoise Gilbert

DataMinding, Inc.

Recognized since 2008

Palo Alto, California

Practice Areas

Information Technology Law

Privacy and Data Security Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Information Technology Law
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Francoise Gilbert is the Founder and Managing Director of the IT Law Group (, a niche law firm that provides strategic legal counseling and services on information privacy and security, cloud computing, and data governance to a wide range of global or publicly held companies and selected start-ups.

An internationally recognized thought leader and expert in privacy and data protection law, Francoise has been named Best Lawyers’ 2014 San Francisco “Lawyer of the Year” for Information Technology Law. For several years, she has been listed in Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who in E-Commerce in the areas of information technology and data privacy and security. Additional recognition include "top privacy advisers" (Computerworld “Best Privacy Advisers” list) and “attorneys who matter” (Ethisphere).

A dually qualified American Attorney and French Avocat, Françoise regularly advises businesses on a variety of information privacy and security and cloud computing matters, including compliance with privacy and security laws, development and implementation of policies and procedures, training of workforce and company management, and negotiation of high stakes cloud computing contracts, among others. In connection with global projects, she assists companies on multinational compliance efforts, national or global privacy strategies, cloud computing contracts, crossborder data transfers, the consolidation of human resources or customer data, and monitoring policies and procedures.

Francoise regularly manages teams of lawyers across many jurisdictions in order to provide global companies with assistance spanning several countries, and the tools necessary to adopt and implement worldwide privacy strategies.

Francoise is the primary author and the editor of the reference two-volume treatise Global Privacy and Security Law, (two volumes, 3,500 pages, Apen Publishers / Wolters Kluwer Law and Business) which provides an in-depth analysis of the data protection laws of 68 countries on all continents. She has co-chaired the PLI Privacy & Security Law Institute since the late 1990's, and launched and co-chaired the Silicon Valley KnowledgeNet of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) for eight years.

She regularly speaks and publishes comments, analysis, and practical tips regarding information law issues. Some of her comments are posted on her blog Her monthly column on cloud computing legal issues is published on TechTarget’s

Francoise has volunteered for 20 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a frequent lecturer at the San Jose, California, State University Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. A founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance, she serves as general counsel of the organization and leads its Legal Committee.

A graduate from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (Juris Doctor Degree) and the University of Paris (France) (Maitrise en Droit), Francoise is certified as a CIPM, CIPP/US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics and Education from the University of Montpellier (France) and the University of Paris (France).

Ms. Gilbert is admitted to practice law in the United States (California Bar and Illinois Bar) and in France (Paris Bar).

Contact & Links


  • 555 Bryant Street, Suite 603
    Palo Alto, CA 94301


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Loyola University Chicago , J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association
  • California, The State Bar of California
  • France, National Council of Bars


  • American Bar Association - Member, past Sci Tech Section Officer
  • California State Bar - Member, past BLS ExCom Member
  • Cloud Security Alliance - GC, founding Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals - Member, past KNet Co-Chair
  • International Technology Law Association - Member, past Board Member

DataMinding, Inc.
Palo Alto, California

1 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Information Technology Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Information Technology Law, San Francisco (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Information Technology Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law

Special Focus

  • Privacy


  • Best Lawyers 2014 San Francisco Lawyer of the Year Information Technology
  • National Law Journal 2015 CyberSecurity/ Privacy Trail Blazer
  • Esthisphere Lawyers who Matter

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Central Intelligence

by Françoise Gilbert

To truly flourish, the smart cities of tomorrow must harness their data—but make sure they are doing so legally, ethically, and securely.

The Next City Will Be Smart

FTC Files Complaint Against Manufacturer of IoT Devices for Deficient Security Measures

by Françoise Gilbert

The FTC, on Jan. 5, 2017, filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against an IoT device manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary for failure to take reasonable steps to secure the products that they sell to the United States market.

FTC & Cyber Security

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