Reporting Developments Affecting the Insurance and Reinsurance Industries

 

Complimentary Webinar: Insurance IT Strategy and Regulatory Compliance: AI, CCPA and NY DFS

Locke Lord LLP and Novarica will look at new regulatory developments in analytics, use of data, and data security that have the potential to affect insurer technology strategy. This webinar covers the potential effects of regulation on the use of analytics and AI in life insurance underwriting, how privacy requirements may affect insurer data governance and MDM strategies, and how third-party data security requirements may affect distribution technology strategies.

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New Hampshire Takes the NAIC Plunge

On August 2, 2019, New Hampshire became the most recent of many states that adopted an Insurance Data Security Law (Senate Bill 194-FN) modeled after the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Insurance Data Security Model Law.  New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 194-FN (SB194) into law requiring insurance companies licensed in NH (“Licensees”) to implement information security programs, and to report cybersecurity events. 

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Insurance Technology Strategy and Regulatory Compliance, Vol. 1

Locke Lord’s Regulatory and Transactional Insurance Practice Group has teamed with Novarica, a leading insurance industry technology research, advisory services and consulting firm, to address the impact of evolving insurance regulation on information technology systems of insurance and reinsurance companies. Atlanta Partner Brian Casey, Co-Leader of Locke Lord’s Regulatory and Transactional Insurance Practice Group, Hartford Office Managing Partner Ted Augustinos, member of the steering committee of the Firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, and Chicago Partner Ben Sykes co-authored the first installment of a quarterly report with Novarica on insurance technology strategy and regulatory compliance.

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LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 14): NAIC Surplus Lines Task Force Considers Blanks Proposal for Home State Direct Premiums Written

At the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Summer National Meeting in New York, the Surplus Lines Task Force discussed a new Blanks proposal regarding home state direct premium written.  The Task Force notes that the intent of the new Blank is to provide “a basis for state regulators to reconcile broker reported surplus lines premium with company provided information to better ensure that states are receiving the proper amount of surplus lines premium taxes.  Premium taxes on surplus lines premiums are based on the total policy premium and paid by surplus lines brokers solely to the “Home State” of the insured as defined in Section 527 of the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” 

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Connecticut Adopts Insurance Data Security Law

To date, six states from Michigan to Alabama have adopted versions of the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s model insurance data security law (the “NAIC model”).  The NAIC model generally requires entities licensed or authorized to operate under a state’s insurance laws to develop a cybersecurity program, investigate and report data breaches, and certify compliance with the law to the state’s insurance commissioner.  Connecticut joined the growing list of states that have adopted a version of the NAIC model, buried in a budget bill, when Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act 19-117 (the “Act”), on June 26, 2019, effective in relevant part on October 1, 2020.

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New York DFS Announces New Research and Innovation Division

On July 23, the Financial Services Superintendent Linda A. Lacewell announced the establishment of the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) Research and Innovation Division (the “Division”). Superintendent Lacewell stated, “this new division…position[s] DFS as the regulator of the future, allowing the Department to better protect consumers, develop best practices, and analyze market data to strengthen New York’s standing as the center of financial innovation.”

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