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Maximizing Your Insurance Coverage for Data Privacy Liability

July 27, 2022 Blog
Policyholder Perspective

With news of massive data breaches making headlines in recent years, the handling of personal data has become a focus for legislators and regulators around the world. Compliance with data privacy regulations such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) promises to be one of the major challenges for businesses going forward as violations of these regulations present the risk of substantial fines or penalties. 

In order to manage that potential liability, businesses have looked to cyber insurance. However, even when cyber insurance policies expressly state that they cover fines and penalties, whether or not they actually do so depends on whether fines and penalties are ‘insurable’ under the law that governs that coverage. Some jurisdictions prohibit insurance for fines and penalties as against public policy, and if the law of such a jurisdiction is deemed to govern, then even a policy that expressly promises to provide coverage may not protect the insured. Read the full blog post here.

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