GDPR Center of Excellence

Our Berlin-based GDPR Center of Excellence hosts a network of technology customers and providers, subject matter experts, and resources with the goal of defining compliance solutions and educational material for privacy.

GDPR Center of Excellence

Why was the Center of Excellence started?

The CSA GDPR Center of Excellence (CoE) was established to help organizations improve their privacy posture and achieve compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation and other global Privacy regulations.

It aims to improve the level of privacy offered to individuals in their use of technology, to increase transparency and accountability, and accelerate the adoption of privacy designed technology services.

The CoE creates a network of technology customers and providers, subject matter experts, and resources with the goal of defining compliance solutions, and awareness and educational material for Privacy.

What is the Scope?

The GDPR CoE coordinates CSA’s privacy activities globally with the objective to establish global standards for privacy compliance. The center will focus on cloud computing, IoT and Blockchain, with cloud being the initial focus.

EMEA Management

Linda Strick

Managing Director, CSA EMEA

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +40 (0)30.59.00.83.420

Linda has worked more than 30 years with the Fraunhofer-Institute FOKUS in Berlin, Germany. Since August 2018 she is in the free block of part-time employment prior to retirement. During her active work she has worked in the area of Cloud Computing over the last 9 years, recently she has focused on cloud security and privacy, standardization and certification processes. She started in 2016 with Innovation Management and Technology Transfer and supported within Fraunhofer-Institute FOKUS the process of innovation findings and technology transfer. She has long experience with the public sector and pre-commercial procurement as a new instrument for innovation in the public sector. She has been working with national and international projects, in standardization organizations and published several papers, amongst other Cloud Computing for the public sector (2010). She has coordinated several EU Projects, recently a Horizon 2020 project “European Security Certification Framework for Cloud services”. She is a member of the European Open Science Cloud High Level Expert Group (EOSC HLEG) and a member in the Cloud Stakeholder Working Group on Cloud Security Certification. She is also Member of the Cloud Security Alliance and responsible for the further development of the CSA European GDPR Center of Excellence and runs her own company.


Daniele Catteddu

Chief Technology Officer, CSA

Daniele Catteddu is an information security and risk management practitioner, technologies expert and privacy evangelist with over 15 of experience. He worked in several senior roles both in the private and public sector. He is member of various national and international security expert groups and committees on cyber-security and privacy, keynote speaker at several conferences and author of numerous studies and papers on risk management, cyber security and privacy.

Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer, at Cloud Security Alliance, where he is responsible to drive, on a global scale, the adoption of the technology strategy roadmap within key CSA lines of business: Research, Membership Services, Standards, Education and Products. He identifies technology trends, global policies and evolving social behavior and their impact on information security and on CSA’s activities. Daniele leads the product management for CSA and chairs the Futures Advisory Committee.

Mr Catteddu is the co-founder and executive of the CSA Open Certification Framework / STAR Program. Moreover he leads definition and implementation of the CSA research agenda in Europe and manages the relations with European public institutions and is member of the CSA International Standardization Council.

He has been recently appointed as Member of the Policy and Scientific Committee of the European Privacy Association.

In past he worked at CSA as Managing Director for the EMEA Region, at ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), as Expert in areas of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) and Emerging and Future Risks Management, and in particular, having a leading role in developing EU cloud security research. Before joining ENISA, Daniele worked as an Information Security consultant in the banking and financial sector. Daniele graduated from the University of Parma (Italy) in Business Administration and Economics, and he is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager.


Francoise Gilbert

CEO DataMinding Legal & Consulting (Silicon Valley)

Francoise Gilbert is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance. She serves at its General Counsel and Global Privacy Ambassador.

Francoise Gilbert is a pioneer and a global expert on data, privacy and cybersecurity law, with significant expertise across international and domestic matters. She spends substantial time helping raise awareness of the vital importance of the protection of data and information, and the need to employ appropriate technical, physical, and organizational measures to anticipate and mitigate the loss or misuse of information.

For most of her legal career, she has focused on addressing cutting edge legal issues concerning data, privacy, and cybersecurity. Current engagements focus on designing data protection programs that comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), or integrating privacy and security controls in emerging technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, or digital cities.