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Elizabeth A. Jacobs, CIPP/US



George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
  • Senior Writing Fellow
Hope College, B.A.
  • Business Management and Communications
  • magna cum laude

Prior Employment

  • CEB (now Gartner) Data Privacy Leadership Council, Research Director, 2014-2016
  • CEB (now Gartner) Leadership Council for Legal Executives, research positions of increasing responsibility, 2007-2014

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Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Information Technology Section

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional - US
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Beth Jacobs is an experienced data security and privacy consultant helping organizations develop and manage comprehensive data privacy programs based on best practices. She tracks legal and regulatory changes that impact privacy to evaluate and address privacy program risks. 

Beth holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

  • Analyzes privacy benchmark data to identify trends and new opportunities
  • Advises legal, compliance, and privacy officers, leaders, and professionals on enhancing functional capabilities and improving department performance 
  • Develops actionable solutions and support to develop and manage data privacy programs
  • Assists in defining privacy risk tolerances and overall program objectives
  • Evaluates privacy program capabilities and conducts gap analyses
  • Identifies privacy compliance weaknesses
  • Designs data breach response plans


  • Assessed improvements in privacy program capabilities at a major healthcare company to evaluate year-over-year improvements and identify areas of weakness
  • Advised a large health insurance company after a privacy breach on strategic planning practices and enhanced compliance capabilities
  • Developed a business case advocating to add a chief privacy officer position for a financial services institution 
  • Advised a software company on options for responding to the invalidation of Safe Harbor, including benchmarking data on leading approaches from peer companies

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