Elizabeth Spainhour Earns Certified Information Privacy Professional Designation


Brooks Pierce partner Elizabeth Spainhour has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. private sector (CIPP/US) designation through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

The IAPP is a nonprofit association of privacy professionals with more than 20,000 members around the world. The CIPP is the global standard in information privacy certification and has become the preeminent credential in the field. The CIPP/US credential demonstrates that Spainhour has a strong understanding of:

  • Privacy and data security laws, with an emphasis on federal laws, such as HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and others;
  • Federal marketing laws and regulations impacting telemarketing calls and commercial emails;
  • Enforcement of federal privacy laws and regulations;
  • State data security and breach laws;
  • Privacy laws impacting the workplace; and
  • Essential privacy concepts and principles, such as fair information practices and “Privacy By Design”

“Brooks Pierce is making a major commitment to stay at the leading edge of data privacy law. We are experiencing a surge in requests for our services – advice and representation – in this complicated, rapidly evolving area, and we’re pretty sure that there’s a lot more to come,” said Ed Winslow, managing partner at Brooks Pierce. “Elizabeth’s national certification is part of a broad program at Brooks Pierce, and Elizabeth is a leader in this practice.”

A partner in the Raleigh office and co-chair of the firm's privacy and data security initiative, Spainhour works with advertisers and content creators, technology companies and other businesses on a variety of digital media and privacy issues. Spainhour works with clients to assess data collection and use practices and to craft responsive privacy and security policies. She also advises clients on right of publicity and monitoring issues, as well as privacy tort liability. She is a frequent speaker and writer on privacy-related topics and a regular contributor to the firm’s digital media and data privacy law blog.


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