DFS Partially Clarifies Who Qualifies for an Exemption Under Cybersecurity Regulation

By the terms of 23 NYCRR 500.19(e), Covered Entities that have determined they qualify for a limited exemption from compliance under 23 NYCRR 500.19(a)-(d) of New York’s new Cybersecurity Regulation — as of August 28, 2017 — are required to file a Notice of Exemption with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) on or prior to September 28, 2017.

The first compliance date of August 28, 2017 in New York’s cybersecurity regulation, and the date for Covered Entities to determine whether they qualify …

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Timing is Everything: Beneficiary Change Made During Divorce Action in Violation of NY’s Automatic Orders Ineffective

Reliastar Life Ins. Co. of New York v. Cristando, N.Y. App. Div., 2d Dept., June 3, 2015

Under New York law, while the designation of an ex-spouse beneficiary will be subject to automatic revocation in most circumstances, that same change cannot be made during the pendency of the divorce proceeding. The New York Appellate Division affirmed a trial court’s decision, finding such that a wife’s decision to change the beneficiary of her life insurance policy while her divorce was pending violated the “automatic orders” …

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New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Continues Criticism of “Shadow Insurance” Transactions in Letter to U.S. Senate Committee

New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky continued his attack against the use of so-called “shadow insurance” in an April 27, 2015 letter to the Honorable Sherrod Brown, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In the letter, Lawsky called on regulators to initiate measures to address this “textbook example of regulatory arbitrage in order to protect the efficacy of our state-based system of regulation” and hopes to stimulate a national debate on these issues.

Lawsky …

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