California Consumer Privacy Act: How does it impact insurance?

Insurance Business Magazine | February 07, 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a new law that came into effect on January 01, 2020, which protects the rights of Californian consumers. As the strictest state-level privacy and data protection law in the US, the CCPA law sets a new bar for businesses that collect and share the personal data of Californian consumers. The CCPA permits any Californian consumer to see what personal information is collected, used, shared or sold by businesses, in addition to a full list of all the third parties with whom that personal data is then shared. Consumers have the right to delete any personal information held by businesses or third-party service providers, and they’re also able to opt-out of the sale of personal information.

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Blockchain ecosystem is developing very fast. General public attention is currently captured by cryptocurrencies in general and Bitcoin in particular. Meanwhile, the blockchain ecosystem is much more than cryptocurrencies, it can and should be used in any area where transparency is needed and where the public can gain from transparency. Insurance is one of those areas. Although the insurance industry is highly regulated, the regulation does not bring real benefits to customers, mainly regulation is aimed to keep control over insurance companies from governments, not to improve customers experience and to limit costs.

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Blockchain ecosystem is developing very fast. General public attention is currently captured by cryptocurrencies in general and Bitcoin in particular. Meanwhile, the blockchain ecosystem is much more than cryptocurrencies, it can and should be used in any area where transparency is needed and where the public can gain from transparency. Insurance is one of those areas. Although the insurance industry is highly regulated, the regulation does not bring real benefits to customers, mainly regulation is aimed to keep control over insurance companies from governments, not to improve customers experience and to limit costs.

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PCF Insurance Services Expands F&I with Acquisition of Direct Dealer Services in Illinois

PCF Insurance Services | December 08, 2022

PCF Insurance Services (PCF), a top 20 U.S. insurance brokerage firm, has acquired Direct Dealer Services (DDS), an automotive finance and insurance (F&I) firm providing industry-leading technologies, products, solutions and training. DDS offers national automotive dealers, agents, and lender partners innovative F&I programs that promote employee confidence, fewer regulatory risks, and improved customer sales and satisfaction. "Direct Dealer Services has a strong foothold in a unique market, The experience and knowledge that DDS brings will help position PCF as a leader in the F&I space and continue our geographical expansion of these product offerings." -Peter C. Foy, Chairman, Founder and CEO of PCF Insurance PCF Insurance has enhanced market access to national and regional carriers, providing value for its Agency Partners through a full spectrum of insurance and risk management solutions and program capabilities. Through collaboration, Agency Partners can focus on what they do best, knowing there is a support network of skilled professionals bringing forth industry knowledge and experience to provide world-class benefits design, insurance and risk management services. We are extremely pleased to become an Agency Partner of PCF Insurance Services, We look forward to continuing working with our customers while bringing substantial new resources, exciting new products, and an unmatched level of service,said Pat Kane, Principal of Direct Dealer Services. About Direct Dealer Services Headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Direct Dealer Services, Inc. (DDS) was founded in 1992 to help dealers, agents, and lender partners across the U.S. realize their maximum profit potential by providing industry-leading technologies, products, solutions and training. Every product in its portfolio complies with applicable regulatory requirements, and all are underwritten by insurance carriers rated "A-" (Excellent) or better by A.M. Best. About PCF Insurance Services A top 20 U.S. broker headquartered in Lehi, Utah, PCF Insurance Services is a leading full-service consultant and insurance brokerage firm offering a broad array of commercial, life and health, employee benefits and workers' compensation solutions. Propelled by its people, PCF Insurance's agency-centric operating model and entrepreneurial environment support its tremendous growth profile, offering partners alignment through equity ownership, significant leadership incentives, and resources to over 3,100 employees throughout the U.S. Ranked #20 on Business Insurance's 2022 Top 100 Brokers and #13 on Insurance Journal's 2022 Top Property/Casualty Agencies, PCF Insurance is a notable leader in the insurance space.

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LuckyTruck strategizes with Great American Insurance Group to launch fully digital motor truck cargo insurance product

LuckyTruck and Great American Insurance Group | December 02, 2022

LuckyTruck, the tech-enabled retail agent focused exclusively on trucking, announced today it has collaborated with Great American Insurance Group (GAIG) to launch a fully digital Motor Truck Cargo (MTC) product. Over the last decade, the commercial insurance industry, especially trucking insurance, has been slow to adopt digital products. Historically, getting motor truck cargo coverage took a trucker between one to three days. Together, LuckyTruck and Great American Insurance Group will enable truckers to obtain a quote, purchase, and bind a policy in 10 minutes or less. "We are pleased to be working with Great American, Their financial strength, competitive coverages, and focus on providing a great customer experience through innovation aligns with what we do at LuckyTruck." -Julie Zimmer, CEO of LuckyTruck Great American's MTC product is fully digital, eliminating 100+ question applications, back-and-forth phone calls, multiple emails, and manual payment processing. Powered by Ascend's modern payment platform, LuckyTruck allows customers purchasing the GAIG MTC product to pay-in-full or enroll in premium financing instantaneously. After payment, the policy is bound in a matter of microseconds. Instead of sitting on the side of the road waiting days for coverage, truckers can hit the open road in just a few minutes with the coverage they need. Truckers are often on the road during their insurance agent's typical business hours, and in the fast-paced world of trucking every minute counts, We saw an opportunity to connect with our insureds differently, in a way that better meets their needs. Our digital (MTC) product is smart, fast, easy-to-use, and accessible around the clock via the LuckyTruck platform,said Travis Murphy, Assistant Vice President of Business Development, Great American Property & Inland Marine. LuckyTruck is looking forward to building its relationship with Great American and advancing their shared goal of creating a digital-first approach in the trucking industry. About LuckyTruck Launched in 2019, LuckyTruck is a modern insurance platform for commercial trucking. It is the first all-in-one retail platform exclusively focused on the trucking insurance market. About Great American Insurance Group Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an "A" (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years (most recent rating evaluation of "A+" (Superior) affirmed December 3, 2021). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG. Policies are underwritten by Great American Insurance Company, Great American Assurance Company, Great American Alliance Insurance Company and Great American Insurance Company of New York, authorized insurers in all 50 states and the DC.

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New Cyber MGA Converge Partners With CyberCube to Bolster Proprietary Underwriting Ecosystem

CyberCube | October 31, 2022

Converge is partnering with CyberCube to provide customers with deeper data and risk solutions, delivering improved business outcomes at lower premiums. Integrating CyberCube’s platforms into Converge’s ecosystem will enhance the quality and depth of the analysis provided to clients across a spectrum of industries and sectors to confidently mitigate risk and strengthen cyber protection. CyberCube, a leading cyber risk analytics firm, will seamlessly blend its Portfolio Manager platform, Single Point of Failure (SPoF) Intelligence module, and Attritional Loss Model into Converge’s proprietary technology ecosystem. Combined with an adversary-focused underwriting methodology and led by seasoned, executive talent from across the insurance industry, Converge is driving cyber resilience and reducing risk by making the insurance process easy, accessible, and affordable. “Our partnership with CyberCube aligns perfectly with Converge’s mission of being first to deliver complete, confident cyber protection, Our deep understanding of the challenges faced by our clients combined with tailored risk solutions will allow us to further improve outcomes for their businesses at a lower cost.” -Anthony Dagostino, Converge CEO & Founder Pascal Millaire, CyberCube’s CEO, said: We are thrilled to be partnering with Converge as it makes leading cyber risk management and risk solutions accessible and intuitive to firms across the insurance marketplace. Our collaboration will ensure they receive the comprehensive protection they need. About CyberCube CyberCube delivers the world’s leading cyber risk analytics for the insurance industry. With best-in-class data access and advanced multi-disciplinary analytics, the company’s cloud-based platform helps insurance organizations make better decisions when placing insurance, underwriting cyber risk and managing cyber risk aggregation. CyberCube’s enterprise intelligence layer provides insights on millions of companies globally and includes modeling on thousands of points of technology failure. About Converge Converge is where cyber insurance, security, and technology intersect to provide businesses with complete cyber protection. Deploying a proprietary data ecosystem underpinned by expert underwriting and risk solutions, we give insurance professionals and customers vital intelligence that delivers improved outcomes at lower premiums. We believe in partnering with our clients, guiding them to be confidently cyber secure through our intuitive tech and seamless user experience, improving protection and mitigating risk. Converge is headquartered in New York and backed by venture firm Forgepoint Capital.

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