Me Gabriel Avigdor
Legal Counsel
CIPP/E certified (RGPD)

French, English, German, Spanish, Italian (passive)

Legal Counsel

CIPP/E Certified Expert (RGPD)

  • Data protection (Switzerland and Europe)
  • Cybercrime
  • Computer law and new technologies
  • Health and pharmaceutical law
  • Medical liability and licensing
  • Medical devices and regulatory aspects
  • Business law and commercial transactions
  • Counsel, Penalex Avocats SA, since 2020
  • Partner Lawyer,, 2019 
  • Privacy Advisor, multinational life sciences and pharmaceutical company) since 2018 
  • Partner and co-founder of datalex sàrl, since 2018 
  • Independent Counsel, 2017-2018
  • Counsel IS/Data Protection, Philip Morris International, 2016-2017 .
  • Associate, Kellerals Carrard – commercial technology and health law, 2015
  • EMEA Legal Counsel Lexmark, 2014-2015
  • Associate attorney for business, technology and health law, 2013-2014
  • Legal internship at Rusconi & Associes and L’Etude (Me Christian Favre), 2011-2013
  • Corporate lawyer (start-up and Merck Serono), civil, criminal and labour court clerk, 2009-2010
  • Certification in Data and Information Protection for Europe, CIPP/E (RGPD)2018
  • Law degree, Lausanne, 2013
  • Masters in Health Law (University of Neuchâtel) and New Technologies (University of Lausanne), Magna cum laude, 2005-2010.
  • Everyday telemedicine: what does the law say?  HIV Colloquiums, Department of Medical Specialties, Service of Infectious Diseases, HUG Geneva, June 25, 2019
  • Webinar on data transfers: A perspective from Switzerland, Russia, Mexico and Japan, online webinar, available at
  • Doing business in Switzerland (瑞士经验): Unique advantages, (独特优势), challenges and new developments (挑战与新发展), Zhong Lun Law Firm, Beijing, China, PrivacyRules 29 March 2019
  • The Swiss crypto-valley: a new eldorado? Shakespeare Martineau, London, UK, PrivacyRules, October 15-16, 2018
  • Telemedicine: what is the legal framework for the doctor? Assises de la médecine, Geneva (Palexpo), October 4, 2018
  • General Data Protection Regulation for Health Care, FMH Services, Lausanne, August 30, 2018
  • When to consider a software or mobile application as a medical device? University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)
  • Privacy by design in connected and digital products, a lawyer’s perspective, Product management night, Lausanne, 2018
  • Connected medical devices and cybersecurity, legal issues for individuals and companies, ILCE Conference, Neuchâtel, 2016

Gabriel Avigdor regularly publishes bilingual articles in French and English. Find all his articles related to technology, health, data protection and innovation and follow him on his blog

  • 2019-01- CNIL sanctions Google for €50 million under the RGPD
  • 2019-01, January 2019 newsletter from the HUG Clinical Research Center (CRC), on the topic of “In-house medical software developed in a hospital setting.” Collaboration with Mariagrazia di Marco, PhD and Ninon Horié
  • 2018-11, Portuguese hospital fined € 400,000
  • 2018, When to consider a software or mobile application as a medical device? University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG). Video-conference available online
  • 2018-05, 30 days before RGPD – even member states are not ready 
  • 2018-04, Helsana+ and premium rebates: illegal data processing 
  • 2018-02, Non-Economic Physicians – Consequences of Polypragmatics
  • 2018-02, 3 months before RGPD – what will happen if you’re not ready on May 25? 
  • 2018-02, Swisscom customer data theft – A wake-up call for Switzerland?
  • 2018-02, First FDA-approved smartphone-connected pill, legal and ethical aspects of personalhealth monitoring   
  • 2017-12, Prescription support software is a medical device
  • 2017-09, Outsourcing billing in the medical field: recommendations.
  • 2017-06, Lawyers 4.0: the future stars of the bar 
  • 2017-05, RGPD – 1 year: a brief look into the future 
  • 2017-04, Mobility and innovation in 2017 
  • 2016-09, La réglementation des applications médicales mobiles, DIKE Verlag AG Zurich, St. Gallen 2016, in Réflexions romandes en droit de la santé, Mélanges offerts à la Société suisses des juristes par l’Institut de droit de la santé de Neuchâtel à l’occasion de son congrès annuel 2016, pp. 197-209.
  • 2016-05, Drone regulations and case studies!
  • 2016-02,  LiftConference 2016: MassChallenge, blockchain and artificial intelligence 
  • 2015-10, Invalidation of Safe Harbor in the EU (Schrems v. Facebook case): Recommendations for Switzerland 
  • 2015-04, Yasmin pill case: Bayer off the hook
  • 2015-04, Three-DNA babies: between ethics and progress
  • 2015-02,  Roche imposes price on a drug: economic and medical consequences
  • 2014-11, Swiss Health Fair at EPFL: Health Valley in all its glory
  • 2014-11, Soon a national cancer registry in Switzerland 
  • 2014-05, Tails 1.0: 100% anonymous and confidential live OS?
  • 2014-04, Net Mundial: an (extra)ordinary summit? 
  • 2013-11, Google glass: clarification and legal issues
  • 2013-07, Panopticlick : Analysis of our traces on the Internet
  • 2013-06, File sharing between friends 
  • 2013-06, The Snowden affair: what lessons can we learn about protecting privacy on the Internet? 
  • 2013-04, Electronic recourse in Switzerland, published on the Franco-Belgian platform
  • Lecturer, University of Geneva, Faculty of MedicineLecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva (Unige) and coordinator (MAS/DAS) of a module of the Master of Advanced Studies ” Drug Discovery and Clinical Development ” (MAS/DAS)

  • Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences of Neuchâtel (He-Arc), Bachelor in economic law on the subject of new technologies in the health sector

  • Honorary member of the Vaud Bar Association.
  • Member of PrivacyRules representing Switzerland.
  • Member of the International Association of Data Protection Professionals (IAPP)

Me Gabriel Avigdor
Legal Counsel
CIPP/E certified (RGPD)