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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Claire François

Claire François

Counsel

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Belgium

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Profile

With more than 10 years of experience addressing complex privacy issues, Claire advises on a variety of French and international data compliance projects. Clients turn to Claire to get prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulation and handle data compliance projects tailored to their needs.

Claire represents clients as diverse as technology companies, oil and gas companies, financial services companies and manufacturers of consumer or healthcare products. She has significant experience with French and EU data compliance law issues, including implementation of Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) and other international data transfer mechanisms, and notification of data breaches. Her experience allows her help clients prepare the transition into the EU new legal data protection framework.  Claire also represents clients before the French Data Protection Authority.

Having already handled an extensive number of projects, Claire is an experienced and effective writer and advocate. She has authored numerous articles and gave oral presentations. Claire has been regularly quoted in DataGuidance on privacy law issues.

Relevant Experience

  • Advised clients on GDPR and local compliance.
  • Won approval of the BCRs of a major oil and gas company.
  • Assisted clients in handling a data breach incident.
  • Assisted clients in conducting marketing compaigns in the EU.
  • Assisted clients in setting up whistleblower hotlines in the EU.
  • Assisted clients in implementing a data loss prevention program and other employee monitoring activities.
  • Assisted clients in designing and launching new applications and websites.
  • Assisted clients in drafting and negotiating data processing agreements with major cloud computing service providers.
  • Reviewed clients’ privacy policies and procedures.

Bar Admissions

  • Paris
  • Brussels, E-List

Education

LLM in European Law, University of Paris, Panthéon Sorbonne, 2001
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Advising a leading US-based oilfield services company on all aspects of French and European data protection compliance.
  • Advising a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company on registration with the French Data Protection Authority.
  • Advising a major Japanese electronics company on French and European data protection and data security compliance, in particular on its data processing agreements for employees.
  • Advising a major US-based manufacturer of labeling and packaging materials on pan-European data protection compliance.
  • Advising companies on international data transfers strategies using Binding Corporate Rules ("BCRs"), model clauses and safe harbor.
  • Assisting a multinational company in handling a data breach incident.
  • Assisting multinational clients with conducting privacy impact assessments, including preparation of privacy policies and procedures.
  • Assisting companies with the review of their privacy policies and their terms and conditions, ensuring European data protection compliance.
  • Assisting companies in setting up whistleblower hotlines in the EU.
  • Representing a social networking website before the French Data Protection Authority regarding data protection compliance.


Professional Associations

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals ("IAPP")
  • Member, French Association of DPOs (AFCDP)
Articles

  • Annual Review: Data Protection & Privacy Laws, France, Financier Worldwide
  • Annual Review: Data Protection & Privacy Laws, France, Financier Worldwide
  • France, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2016, 3rd Edition
  • ECJ's Invalidation of EU Data Retention Directive Creates Confusion Over Telecommunications Service Providers’ Data Retention Obligations, Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch
  • France–Data Transfers, DataGuidance
  • Data Protection Law Enforcement in the EU: Recent Enforcement Actions and Considerations for Mitigating the Risks, NYMITY
  • Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community, Kluwer Law International, 5th ed.
  • ECJ Advocate General Finds EU Data Retention Directive Invalid, But Leaves Telecommunications Service Providers in Uncertainty, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, Volume 14, Number 2
  • L'application du règlement sur le contrôle des concentrations (1er janvier 2008 – 30 juin 2009), J.D.E. 2009, n° 161, p. 214
  • EU Privacy Regulators Call for Clarification of Consequences of ECJ’s Invalidation of Data Retention Directive, World Data Protection Report, Volume 14, Number 11
  • Chapter 10, France, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection 2015, 2nd Edition
  • Chapter 11, France, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection 2014, First Edition
  • Chapter 10: France, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017, 4th Edition
  • Data Protection & Privacy, EU, Getting the Deal Through
  • Data Protection & Privacy 2020, Overview, Getting the Deal Through
  • Data Protection & Privacy 2019, EU Overview, Getting the Deal Through

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