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Cynthia O'Donoghue

Cynthia O'Donoghue


Cynthia leads the International Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security team and is a partner in the IP, Information & Innovation group.

Cynthia specialises in technology, data, cyber and commercial law. She advises on IT and business process outsourcing; application development and management; software and content licensing; apps and smart technology; e-commerce, including hosting and content management; cloud computing and systems integration, FinTech, mHealth and social media. Cynthia has worked on human resources, finance and accounting, manufacturing and facilities management BPOs.

Cynthia’s data protection and cybersecurity practice involves advising on both worldwide and European data protection laws, particularly data use through technology innovation and development. Cynthia advises on all aspects of data protection including global strategy and compliance, privacy impact assessments, privacy by design, Big Data and data monetization, international data transfers including binding corporate rules and APEC cross border transfers, and record retention and deletion. Cynthia’s cybersecurity practice covers system infrastructure and network security, governance including advising boards, administrative/organizational security, advice on forensic investigations and remediation as well as on security standards and regulatory requirements. Cynthia also advises on EU/US cross-border litigation and investigative disclosure projects and has provided advice to clients on how to structure such projects to comply with both US disclosure rules and the EU Data Protection Directive. She has also successfully represented numerous clients in investigations by several of the European national data protection authorities, each resolved without further action.

Cynthia advises clients in various sectors, including technology and telecommunications, travel & leisure, retail, healthcare/life sciences and financial services.

Cynthia has been recognized by Chambers UK for Information Technology and Data Protection, where clients have praised “her knowledge and professionalism”, her “very thoughtful analysis” of IT problems, and her ability to “address angles we hadn't thought of.” Cynthia is also recommended by Legal 500 for Data Protection and IT and Telecoms. She was also nominated by her peers for the International Who’s Who in Telecommunications Media & Technology - Information Technology.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 2005 - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman
  • 2003 - Prudential plc
  • 2002 - Logic Systems Management
  • 2000 - Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • 1998 - UN Delegate & Advisor, Republic of Sierra Leone/NPWJ re the Rome Statute for an International Criminal Court and its constituent documents