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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 also regularly participates in workshops hosted by policy makers, authorities and industry organisations.  For example, Cynthia was involved in the World Economic Forum’s paper on ‘Unlocking the Economic Value of Personal Data: Balancing Growth and Protection’,  recently attended a workshop hosted by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office on EU Data Protection Reform and the General Data Protection Regulation, and has participated in the UK Houses of Parliament Industry and Parliament Trust meeting ‘Just Browsing? How Safe is your Data?’

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

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers UK for Data Protection & Information Law and Information Technology, where clients have praised the group as “very experienced in technology projects”, and Cynthia as “very responsive”, “very thoughtful analysis” of IT problems, and her ability to “address angles we hadn't thought of
  • Recommended by Legal 500 UK for Data Protection and IT and Telecoms where clients have praised Cynthia as a “dependable expert” and leader of a team that delivers “good response times and excellent legal and industry knowledge
  • Named a leading authority by Who’s Who Legal in Information Technology.