Topic: New York Developments

September 2022 Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: Ch-ch-ch-changes – CA, NY DFS, and NFTs

Locke Lord’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter provides topical snapshots of recent developments in the fast-changing world of privacy, data protection, and cyber risk management. For further information on any of the subjects covered in the newsletter, please contact one of the members of our privacy and cybersecurity team.

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N.Y. DFS Issues 2021 Update on New York Domestic Insurers’ Management of the ‎Financial Risks from Climate Change

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued its 2021 Update on New York Domestic Insurers’ Management of the Financial Risks from Climate Change, analyzing 2021 survey responses from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Climate Risk Disclosure Survey or alternatively the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The report summarizes the submissions made by domestic insurers, highlights advances over the previous year, and reiterates DFS expectations while providing examples of good practices.

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NY DFS Issues Circular Letter Addressing Acquisitions and Disclaimers of Control

On April 19, 2022, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS”) issued ‎Insurance Circular Letter No. 5 (2022) (the “Letter”). The Letter, entitled “Acquisitions of ‎Control and Disclaimers of Control”, was addressed to all New York domiciled insurers and ‎other interested parties. The purpose of the Letter is to remind insurance industry participates of ‎the requirements outlined under New York Insurance Code (“NY Ins. Code”) § 1506, which ‎requires NY DFS approval in connection with a change of control of an insurer. ‎

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New York Clarifies Provisions Allowing for Policies Under One Year

Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill that clarified the provisions recently allowing for commercial risk policies of less than one year under New York Insurance Law Section 3426. The original amendments, enacted in December 2021, provided generally that commercial risk policies of less than one year may be written if requested by the insured and offered by the insurer.

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State Senate Confirms Gov. Hochul’s Pick to Head NY Department of Financial Services

On Tuesday, January 25th, the New York State Senate voted to confirm Adrienne Harris as Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “NY DFS”).  Harris had served as acting superintendent of the NY DFS since being nominated for the full-time position by Gov. Kathy Hochul in August of 2021.

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NY DFS Releases Guidance on Multi-Factor Authentication

On December 7, 2021, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS”) released an industry letter providing guidance on Multi-Factor Authentication (“MFA”).   MFA, which requires users of information systems to provide an additional “factor,” often through a one-time code or push notification to their mobile device, in addition to their password when accessing information systems.

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