The French data protection regulator, CNIL, has elected today, Sept. 21, 2011, Mrs. Isabelle Falque Pierrotin as its new president.

She will replace Mr. Alex Türk who was heading the CNIL since 2004 and has decided to step down to focus on his activities as a senator.

Mrs. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, 51 years old, is a “Conseiller d’Etat” (administrative Supreme Court judge) since 2001. She was president of the interministerial commission on the Internet in 1996, main reporter for a “Conseil d’Etat” (French Administrative Supreme Court) report on Internet and Digital Networks in 1998 and general delegate of the Forum for the rights on the Internet from 2001 to 2010.

She is not a newcomer at the CNIL, though, as she has been a member of this institution since 2004 and vice-president since 2009. Therefore, it is unlikely that a completely new wind will blow on the CNIL. However, Mrs. Falque-Pierrotin’s experience with the Internet in general will undoubtedly be an asset for her presidency.

It will be interesting to watch the changes, if any, which will be decided by the new president; in particular, in the context of the review of the Directive 95/46/EC, dated October 24, 1995, on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, which will take place in the months to come in Brussels.