François Charlet

Qualified lawyer specialised in IT law and data protection (DPA, GDPR)


Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) & Data Protection Officer (DPO), more than 5 years of experience in the legal and data protection field. Specialised jurist and expert in technology law and data protection, advising companies and individuals, developing data protection programmes, helping to define a data governance framework, providing training. Broad cross-functional knowledge of law and IT, ability to organize and set priorities and meet deadlines, accuracy, attention to detail and synthesis, quick thinking, excellent analytical, research and communication skills. Speaker, teacher and author of several legal articles.

Work Experience

Chief Privacy & Data Protection Officer (CPO & DPO)

Vaudoise Assurances (Lausanne) | 2020 - Present

  • Developing a compliance and privacy management framework
  • Advising, training and raising awareness among employees
  • Mapping the processing of personal data across companies

Lawyer specialised in data protection

Vaudoise Assurances (Lausanne) | 2019

    Group Data Protection Officer (DPO)

    Groupe Mutuel (Martigny) | 2017 - 2019

    • Coordinating and leading a cross-functional GDPR Compliance Committee
    • Mapping the processing activities of personal data across companies
    • Running Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and identifying data protection issues
    • Drafting policies, standard operating procedures and guidance documents and providing advice on governance and policy management

    Ad hoc Clerk

    Court of the Districts of Hérens and Conthey (Sion) | 2016

    • Drafting decisions and judgements in civil (contract, family and liability laws) and criminal matters, participating in court hearings

    Trainee lawyer / Cantonal Data Protection Commissioner’s Collaborator

    Law Firm of Me Sébastien Fanti (Sion) | 2014 - 2016

    • Advising cantonal and municipal authorities as well as particulars
    • Pleading before the courts and appealing
    • Drafting letters, legal opinions, actions and appeals
    • Drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, terms of service and privacy policies

    Lawyer (intern)

    Kanzlei Hoesmann (Berlin) | 2014

    • Monitoring technology and law on a daily basis
    • Drafting letters to the law firm’s clients
    • Publishing a comparison between the Swiss and German copyright laws on the law firm’s website

    Attaché with the Embassy (academic intern)

    Swiss Embassy to Belgium (Brussels) | 2013

    • Actively supporting the Embassy’s Advisor
    • Conducting research and drafting reports on different matters, especially the Belgian energetic policy, the environment and the human rights
    • Attending the 36th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) as a Swiss delegate and drafting the ad hoc report

    Lawyer (intern)

    SUISA (Lausanne) | 2012

      Computer Science Teacher (office software, security)

      IT Department, University of Lausanne (Lausanne) | 2008 - 2012

        Executive Assistant

        Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne (Lausanne) | 2011



          • Since 2008 ·


          • Currently writing · A Practical Guide to Data Protection in Business (Helbing Lichtenhahn Verlag)
          • 2018 · Le Data Protection Officer dans le secteur privé suisse (Jusletter, 18 June 2018)
          • 2018 · Réseaux sociaux et protection des données – Analyse des pratiques de Facebook en regard des exigences des droits européen et suisse de la protection des données (in: L’ère numérique et la protection de la sphère privée – Schulthess Verlag)
          • 2014 · De l’application de la LSCPT aux fournisseurs de services de VoIP (Jusletter, 10 November 2014)
          • 2018 · Responsabilité en droit d’auteur des intermédiaires (Master Thesis, June 2012, University of Lausanne)


          • 2019 · Vie privée et monde numérique sont-ils antinomiques ? (University of Lausanne)
          • 2018 · Swiss Data Forum (Lausanne)
          • 2018 · Impact of GDPR compliance (Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva)
          • 2017 · Didactic workshop: data protection within social networks (10th Swiss Data Protection Day, Fribourg)


          • Since 2019 · Teacher for the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (UniDistance | FernUni, Brig)
          • Since 2016 · Teaching the basics of IT Law (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Lausanne)


          • Since 2017 · DPO Association Switzerland (Co-founder and Member of the Committee)

          Past activities

          • 2011 - 2013 · Teaching Bachelor students the basics of general and criminal law with regards to cyber criminality (School of Engineering and Management, Yverdon-les-Bains)
          • 2009 - 2012 · Member of the Faculty Council and Commissions (Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Lausanne)
          • 2011 - 2012 · Especially: Chair of the task force for the complete overhaul of the statutes (Federation of the Students’ Associations, University of Lausanne, Lausanne)
          • 2008 - 2010 · Day-to-day operation of the association, design and management of the association’s website (Association of the Students in Law of Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Lausanne)


          Driving licence B (car)