16 April 2015
Lindsey Greig, Founder of DataGuidance and Cecile Park Publishing Ltd., passed away, during the early hours of Sunday 12 April 2015, at the age of 63. After founding and editing The Lawyer, Lindsey launched Cecile Park Publishing which produces a range of world-renowned legal conferences and journals, such as Data Protection Law & Policy, E-Commerce Law & Policy, Tackling Doping in Sport, E-Commerce Law Reports, E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy, eHealth Law & Policy, World Online Gambling Law Report, World Sports Law Report, and the recently launched Cyber Security Law & Practice.
Lindsey then founded DataGuidance, as a means of assisting privacy professionals with their data protection obligations and to enable them to build compliant and trusted brands. He was an active member and strong supporter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a frequent speaker and contributor to the privacy community, and founder of the Data Protection Intensive, which concluded earlier today.
DataGuidance, along with some of Lindsey’s closest colleagues and friends, share their thoughts and memories of the loss of one of our community’s most influential figures.
David Longford, CEO, DataGuidance
“Aside from being an inspiring entrepreneur and a pioneer in providing global information to privacy professionals, Lindsey was above all a great guy and a true friend. His infectious enthusiasm lives on in his team, who enjoyed working with him so much.
Eduardo Ustaran, Partner, Hogan Lovells – Editor, Data Protection Law & Policy
“I first met Lindsey when I was a young lawyer in the late nineties. He introduced me to the exciting world of legal publishing as well as to the equally exciting, but slightly more intimidating, world of El Vino in Fleet Street. Crucially, Lindsey showed me what having an entrepreneurial spirit was all about – being bold and decisive, following your instinct and having a permanent ‘everything is possible’ attitude.
One of the highlights of my entire professional career was when in 2004, chatting animatedly at one of our many lunches in some of the most colourful corners of London, we came up with the idea of Data Protection Law & Policy – the first ever monthly journal exclusively dedicated to privacy and data protection law. Nobody had done that before. Could we pull it off? “Let’s do it” was Linsdey’s answer, a sentence I have heard coming from him many times over the years.
It was the same approach that led to the creation of DataGuidance, a daring and ambitious project that came from his heart as much as his creative brain. More recently, he pondered for about a second and a half when I asked him whether he would publish a book I was hoping to write about the future of privacy. His answer was characteristically Lindsey’s: “What a jolly good idea!”
Losing a good friend is always sad and numbing, but Lindsey’s makes us feel particularly empty because of the irreplaceable hole he leaves in the data protection world. Our greatest comfort, in addition to many warm memories, is to know that his legacy will always accompany us and future generations of inquisitorial minds eager to expand their knowledge.”
Stewart Room, Partner, PwC Legal – Editor, Cyber Security Law & Practice
“It would be right to describe Lindsey as a leader and a visionary in the data protection community. Of course, he deserves these epitaphs for the work he did in marshalling DataGuidance and imprinting it on the data protection world. But I will take a different memory of Lindsey into my future. I will remember the calm, quiet, dignified man, who seemed to be without ego or vanity. He was ever present and ever influential in our professional community, but he was neutral of allegiances or preferences and above the pettiness of professional rivalries.
Lindsey will live in my memory as a kind man. It was fitting that he was so tall, as I always looked up to him. I am grateful to have known him.”
William Long, Partner, Sidley Austin
“My memories of Lindsey go back over 10 years to the early days of Cecile Park Publishing. I was immediately attracted to Lindsey’s enthusiasm, innovative spirit and friendly approach which led to the success of his publishing business. Over the years while many things in the world of data protection and privacy were changing Lindsey was always there as a constant with a welcoming smile, insightful comments and engaging manner. I will greatly miss Lindsey, a true gentleman and a good friend.”
Simon McDougall, Managing Director, Promontory
“Lindsey was an entrepreneur and an innovator, with unique energy and vision. However, for me, his defining quality was his positivity – he was a lovely man, generous with his time, always intellectually engaged in a conversation and respectful of others. He didn’t take himself too seriously – one of my memories of him will be at an early Data Protection Intensive conference, where he hired a boat on the Thames for the party, and then happily sported a tiny Captain’s sailor hat for the evening. Lindsey was a lot of fun to be around, and we will all miss him.”
He is survived by his wife, Hannah, and his two daughters, Phoebe and Rebecca.