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The Privacy Advisor | Lindsey Greig, Founder of DataGuidance, 1951-2015 Related reading: New legal opinion may have implications for class actions in EU

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Lindsey Greig, the founder of global compliance service DataGuidance and the Data Protection Intensive that begins tomorrow, died this weekend at the age of 63.

Greig served as DataGuidance’s chief executive officer until March of this year. A long-time member of the privacy community, he spoke frequently on privacy and data protection issues, including many IAPP events, and was a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.

In addition, he was managing director of Cecile Park Publishing Ltd., which started in 1999 with the launch of a print and online journal, e-Commerce Law & Policy. There he was also publisher of Data Protection Law & Policy, e-Commerce Law & Policy, e-Commerce Law Reports, World Sports Law Report and e-Finance & Payments Law & Policy. He also founded and edited Lawyer Magazine, the weekly magazine for the UK legal profession.

Lindsey Greig

Lindsey Greig

David Longford, who succeeded Greig as DataGuidance’s CEO just last month, said, “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 to so many people. He was a leader, an innovator, thinker and a great listener. His grace and good humour touched all of us.”

Hogan Lovells’ Eduardo Ustaran, who serves on DataGuidance’s U.S./UK panel of experts, said, "Lindsey was a good friend and everything that an entrepreneur should be about—he had the vision, the leadership and that amazing ‘everything-is-possible' attitude that made him a such a great guy. We had so many chats about privacy ideas and projects! His legacy for the privacy world is unquestionable and anyone who worked with him will acknowledge what a privilege that was.”

Rita Di Antonio, who served as editor at DataGuidance under Greig, said, "Lindsey was a friend and a mentor. I owe him so much personally, and I have no doubt that the privacy community feels the same. He was a great man, a great entrepreneur and a great privacy pro. He will be sorely missed."

He is survived by his wife, Hannah, and two daughters, Phoebe and Rebecca. 

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  • comment Michael • Apr 14, 2015
    I had the pleasure of speaking along side Lindsey on several occasions, he was a consummate professional and will be greatly missed by the privacy community.
  • comment Stuart • Apr 14, 2015
    A pure gentleman - will be greatly missed.
  • comment Martin • Apr 14, 2015
    I'm extremely sorry to hear this awful news. He looked so well when I saw him recently. I always enjoyed our conversations together - and I will miss him.
  • comment John • Apr 14, 2015
    Working with Lindsey allowed me to see that he was far more than among the most accessible and supportive CEOs, he remained the rebel he was as a young man, evidenced by his desire to see privacy not just valued and understood, but made a mandatory part of every practice.  People always are the keys to success.
  • comment Bob • Apr 20, 2015
    Very sorry to hear this news. Lindsey was a lovely gentleman that I had the pleasure of meeting on numerous occasions over the last 10 years or so. Will be sorely missed!