American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Vice President and Deputy for Policy Development
In a letter to
"We wholeheartedly agree with you that
Kiernan's full letter is copied below.
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To: The Honorable
Re: ACLI Comments on the SAFE DATA Act
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability (SAFE DATA) Act that you introduced last week. While we understand that other issues, including the ongoing pandemic, have required more immediate attention in the 116th
As we stated in our
To reiterate our May letter, we want to partner with you in this endeavor. The insurance industry is proud of its longstanding role as a conscientious and responsible guardian of customers' vulnerable personal information. Our industry has appropriately managed consumers' confidential medical and financial information for decades. We are dedicated to maintaining our historic pro-consumer position on privacy while adapting and aligning with changing dynamics around data collection and usage. The insurance industry remains strongly committed to the proper use and protection of our customers' personal information.
The SAFE DATA Act is a very good start for a federal privacy framework that balances consumer protections with business needs. The deliberative drafting, including the much-appreciated concise definitions, provides necessary clarity to both businesses and consumers. The bill is also clear in providing preemption from state laws. We applaud these aspects of the proposal.
As stated above and in our earlier comments, we support unequivocal federal preemptive privacy legislation that provides understandable notice to consumers about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. We further support the reasonable ability for consumers to have control over their information. And we continue to support the valuable advancement in the use of technology through automated analytics and other innovative processes that are beneficial to consumers.
Thank you very much for your consideration of our observations. We look forward to assisting you and your staff in the establishment of a single national data privacy standard for consumers. We hope that you continue to consider us a resource in this effort.