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Cynthia O'Donoghue


Cynthia is the co-head of Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security, a partner in the IP, Information & Innovation group, as well as a technology and outsourcing specialist.

Cynthia specializes in technology and large, complex IT and business process outsourcing transactions. She advises on application development and management; software and content licensing; apps and smart technology; e-commerce, including hosting and content management; cloud computing and systems integration and social media. She also advises on business process outsourcing transactions including human resources, finance and accounting, manufacturing and facilities management.

Cynthia advises on both worldwide and European data protection laws, specializing in uses of data through technology innovation and development. Cynthia advises on data protection strategy and compliance, including privacy impact assessments, privacy by design, data monetization, cross-border transfers of personal data including the use of binding corporate rules, on-line behavioral advertising, IT and administrative/organizational security and development of data handling, access, security and data retention policies. Cynthia also advises on the collection and processing of electronic personal data in relation to 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.

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 recognized in Legal 500 for Data Protection and IT and Telecoms.

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