About Carey

Short Bio:

Carey Lening, JD, CDPP writes, speaks, and consults on data protection, law, technology & fractal complexity in systems. Currently based in Ireland, Carey has over 20 years of experience in thinking about hard problems and helping people arrive on practical solutions. She posts her thoughts weekly on Substack, and has written for various publications since 2006.

Longer Bio:

Hi, I’m Carey Lening. I consider myself a constantly curious learner, and tend to gravitate towards trying to understand and explain the fractal complexities in law, policy, technology, and data protection/privacy.

I’ve had 20 years of experience consulting, writing, and advising on law, information security, data protection and related matters, and currently act as data protection officer and advisory consultant for a small firm in Ireland. I've previously had gigs as a tech support person, a lawyer, a journalist, a competitive intelligence researcher, and security consultant. When I'm not being a DPO, I share my thoughts on all these subjects on my blog, Privacat Insights.

Having done a bunch of weird things means that I've become quite good at looking at and tackling a problem from multiple angles and noticing things that others might miss. I’m equally at ease discussing legal nuances with lawyers and regulators, hashing out technical details with engineers and information security professionals, and presenting high-level overviews to the C-Suite. Some people think I'm witty and funny, so that helps.

I'm currently based in Ireland, and live with a very patient husband and 9 cats.

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We live in a world of complex, messy systems and few simple answers. I'm curious about all of it, especially the interplay between those systems, and the people, policy & processes that influence them. Topics range, but frequently touch on law & tech.


Desperately trying to make sense of the mess we've gotten ourselves into. An extremely jaded, yet still hopeful, person. Lover of cats.