2015 Wyoming Code
TITLE 26 - INSURANCE CODE
CHAPTER 44 - INSURANCE HOLDING COMPANY SYSTEM REGULATORY ACT
SECTION 26-44-110. - Confidential treatment.

WY Stat § 26-44-110. (2015) What's This?

26-44-110. Confidential treatment.

(a) All information, documents and copies of the documents and information obtained by or disclosed to the commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination made pursuant to W.S. 26-44-109 and all information reported pursuant to W.S. 26-44-103(b)(xii) and (xiii) and 26-44-104 through 26-44-108 shall be confidential, shall not be subject to subpoena and shall not be disclosed by the commissioner, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or any person, except as authorized by and in accordance with the provisions of W.S. 26-2-113(d), without the prior written consent of the insurer to which the information pertains. The commissioner, after giving the insurer and its affiliates notice and opportunity to be heard, may determine that the interest of policyholders, shareholders or the public will be served by the publication of the information, in which event he may publish all or any part of the information as he deems appropriate.

(b) Neither the commissioner nor any person who received documents, materials or other information while acting under the authority of the commissioner or with whom the documents, materials or other information are shared pursuant to this act shall be permitted or required to testify in any private civil action concerning any confidential documents, materials or information subject to subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Notwithstanding W.S. 26-2-113, the commissioner shall only share confidential and privileged documents, material or information reported pursuant to W.S. 26-44-104(n) with commissioners of states having statutes or regulations substantially similar to Wyoming insurance statutes and who have agreed in writing not to disclose the information.

(d) In addition to any other authorities provided by law, the commissioner shall enter into written agreements with the NAIC governing sharing and use of information provided pursuant to this act consistent with this subsection which shall:

(i) Specify procedures and protocols regarding the confidentiality and security of information shared with the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries pursuant to this act, including procedures and protocols for sharing by the NAIC with other state, federal or international regulators;

(ii) Specify that ownership of information shared with the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries pursuant to this act remains with the commissioner and the NAIC's use of the information is subject to the direction of the commissioner;

(iii) Require prompt notice to be given to an insurer whose confidential information in the possession of the NAIC pursuant to this act is subject to a request or subpoena to the NAIC for disclosure or production; and

(iv) Require the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries to consent to intervention by an insurer in any judicial or administrative action in which the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries may be required to disclose confidential information about the insurer shared with the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries pursuant to this chapter.

(e) The sharing of information by the commissioner pursuant to this chapter shall not constitute a delegation of regulatory authority or rulemaking and the commissioner is solely responsible for the administration, execution and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.

(f) No waiver of any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality in the documents, materials or information shall occur as a result of disclosure to the commissioner under this chapter or as a result of sharing as authorized under this chapter.

(g) Documents, materials or other information in the possession or control of the NAIC pursuant to this chapter shall be confidential by law and privileged, shall not be a public record under W.S. 16-4-201 through 16-4-205, shall not be subject to subpoena and shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action.

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