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Title 8: Banking and Insurance

Chapter 101: INSURANCE COMPANIES GENERALLY

Sub-Chapter 013: Holding Companies And Subsidiaries

8 V.S.A. § 3687. Confidential treatment



§ 3687. Confidential treatment

(a) Documents, materials, or other information in the possession or control of the Department that are obtained by or disclosed to the Commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination or investigation made pursuant to section 3686 of this title and all information reported pursuant to subdivisions 3683(b)(12) and (13), section 3684, and section 3685 of this title shall be given confidential treatment, shall not be subject to subpoena, shall not be subject to public inspection and copying under the Public Records Act, shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action, and shall not be made public by the Commissioner or any other person. However, the Commissioner is authorized to use the documents, materials, or other information in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as a part of the Commissioner's official duties. The Commissioner shall not otherwise make the documents, materials, or other information public without the prior written consent of the insurer to which it pertains unless the Commissioner, after giving the insurer and its affiliates who would be affected thereby notice and opportunity to be heard, determines that the interests of policyholders, shareholders, or the public will be served by the publication thereof, in which event he or she may publish all or any part thereof in such manner as he or she may deem 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 such documents, materials, or other information are shared pursuant to this chapter 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) In order to assist in the performance of the Commissioner's duties, the Commissioner:

(1) may share documents, materials, or other information, including the confidential and privileged documents, materials, or information subject to subsection (a) of this section, with other state, federal, and international regulatory agencies, with the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and with state, federal, and international law enforcement authorities, including members of any supervisory college described in section 3695 of this title, provided that the recipient agrees in writing to maintain the confidentiality and privileged status of the document, material, or other information and has verified in writing the legal authority to maintain confidentiality;

(2) notwithstanding subdivision (1) of this subsection, may only share confidential and privileged documents, material, or information reported pursuant to subsection 3684(m) of this chapter with commissioners of states having statutes or regulations substantially similar to subsection (a) of this section and who have agreed in writing not to disclose such information;

(3) may receive documents, materials, or information, including otherwise confidential and privileged documents, materials, or information, from the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries and from regulatory and law enforcement officials of other foreign or domestic jurisdictions and shall maintain as confidential or privileged any document, material, or information received with notice or the understanding that it is confidential or privileged under the laws of the jurisdiction that is the source of the document, material, or information; and

(4) shall enter into written agreements with the NAIC governing sharing and use of information provided under this chapter consistent with this subsection that shall:

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

(B) specify that ownership of information shared with the NAIC and its affiliates and subsidiaries pursuant to this section remains with the Commissioner and the NAIC's use of the information is subject to the direction of the Commissioner;

(C) require prompt notice be given to an insurer whose confidential information in the possession of the NAIC under this section is subject to a request or subpoena to the NAIC for disclosure or production; and

(D) 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 section.

(d) The sharing of information by the Commissioner pursuant to this section 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 section.

(e) 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 section or as a result of sharing as authorized in subsection (c) of this section.

(f) Documents, materials, or other information in the possession or control of the NAIC pursuant to this section shall be confidential by law and privileged, shall not be subject to public inspection and copying under the Public Records Act, shall not be subject to subpoena, shall not be subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action, and shall not be made public by the Commissioner or any other person. (Added 1971, No. 72, § 2; amended 2013, No. 29, § 33, eff. May 13, 2013.)