Press Release, October 26, 2021, DATCP Secretary Romanski and Insurance Commissioner Afable Remind Consumers to put Cybersecurity First

​October 26, 2021

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DATCP Secretary Romanski and Insurance Commissioner Afable Remind Consumers to put Cybersecurity First

Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Randy Romanski and Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable are participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month and reminding individuals and businesses that they have the power to protect their identity and data online.

“Insurers collect a lot of data and continue to collect more every year" said Commissioner Afable. “New technology like wearable health monitors, water detection sensors, and vehicle monitoring devices have the potential to benefit consumers by mitigating losses, helping consumers earn premium discounts, and improving claims process- but consumers have to put their cybersecurity first to stay safe."

Earlier this year, Governor Tony Evers signed 2021 Wis. Act 73 into law, which imposes new requirements related to insurance data security. OCI has resources available for consumers and information for insurers about this new consumer protection cybersecurity law here.

“Staying safe online is increasingly important as people continue to operate virtually in both their work and personal lives," said DATCP Secretary Romanski. “Wisconsinites can put their cybersecurity first by monitoring their digital footprint, understanding their risk, and learning about the laws and regulations that protect them."

DATCP is Wisconsin's primary consumer protection agency serving tens of thousands of consumers every year. If you are concerned about being a victim of identity theft as a result of a data breach, contact DATCP's Bureau of Consumer Protection at (800)422-7128 or email datcpwisconsinprivacy@wi.gov. For more information and resources on data breaches, identity theft, or to read DATCP's Data Privacy and Security Advisory Committee September 2020 Report visit www.datcp.wi.gov.​