Delaware Insurance Data Security Act

Agencies that hold a Delaware resident or non-resident license need to comply with the Delaware’s Insurance Data Security Act, which was effective 7/31/2019. The legislation was put forth by the Delaware Department of Insurance (DOI).
The Delaware Insurance Data Security Act (HB 174) imposes requirements on insurers and insurance licensees, including all agents and brokers, in the area of data security; it is based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model law, and specifically:
  1. Requires the implementation of a comprehensive written information security program, and
  2. Establishes standards for the investigation of and notification to the insurance commissioner of cybersecurity events affecting licensees.

Important Notes

  • Agencies with fewer than 15 employees are not required to develop, implement and maintain a specific Information Security Program as described in §8604 of the Delaware Data Security Law (mentioned in item 1. above). However, those agencies should have one in place to comply with other federal and state requirements including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and its corresponding state regulation.
  • Agencies subject to HIPAA and that have developed an Information Security Program compliant with HIPAA are not required to develop, implement and maintain a separate Information Security Program as described here in §8604 of the Delaware Data Security Law.
  • Other sections of the law, including investigation and notification of a cybersecurity event apply to ALL AGENCIES, regardless of staff size,­ under §8605 and §8606. Universally Applicable Bulletin 5 updates how notification to the DOI of a cybersecurity event must be made (Oct. 8, 2020 update).
  • The Information Security Program must be completed by 07/31/2020. However, compliance with the section on oversight of third-party service provider arrangements (§8604(f)) must be completed by 07/31/2021.
  • A template Information Security Program is available for IA&B members to review, personalize and use.

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