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Katie McMullan

Senior Associate

Katie McMullan

Top global technology businesses seek Katie McMullan's advice for strategies to deal with e-privacy matters, including digital marketing, data analytics and cross-device tracking. She focuses her practice on privacy issues. She regularly advises on global compliance programs, cloud-based services, outsourcing arrangements and data transfer solutions (including Binding Corporate Rules and Binding Corporate Rules for processors). She is also involved in public policy matters, advising EU-based and international businesses on the implications of the forthcoming EU data protection legislative reform.

Prior to returning to private practice in 2011, Katie worked in-house as a data protection and freedom of information specialist for the BBC and regularly undertakes client secondments. As a result, she understands business as well as law and uses this first-hand, practical experience to provide real-world, commercial advice to our clients.


Representative experience

Conducting due diligence and providing strategic advice on the acquisition of a technology-based online advertising business.

Drafting data processing agreements to deal with the international transfer issues associated with centralising an HR database outside the EEA.

Regular client secondments, such as supporting a U.S. media and entertainment company with European data privacy matters, policy development and contract negotiations.

Advising a number of global companies on the development and implications of the new EU data protection framework.

Designing a vendor engagement strategy and handbook for the procurement team at a cloud services provider.

Education and admissions


  • BCA, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005
  • LL.B., Victoria University of Wellington, 2005

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • New Zealand

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

The EU cookie compliance sweep — lessons to be learned

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