September 30, 2003

NAIC President Mike Pickens to Address Privacy Profession During 2003 IAPP Privacy Academy

Discussion to Focus on Challenges of Insurance Compliance in Face of New Privacy Laws

Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 30, 2003 – New and emerging privacy regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), frequently create new and concurrent compliance challenges for insurance companies. Mike Pickens, president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and Insurance Commissioner for the state of Arkansas will address the issue of “Living Between the Crosshairs: Privacy for Insurers” during the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ 2003 Privacy & Data Security Academy & Expo, October 29 -31.

Mike Pickens was appointed as Arkansas Insurance Commissioner in 1997 and led progressive reforms in that state’s insurance system resulting in Arkansas Insurance Department being named one of the nation's most progressive insurance regulators by the A.M. Best Company, one of the country's oldest and highly respected insurance company rating organizations.

“Commissioner Pickens operates at the front lines of insurance regulatory compliance, and his insight serves as a guidepost for the industry,” said IAPP executive director Trevor Hughes. “His experience and insight into walking the fine compliance line between multiple laws, which are often not complementary, will prove invaluable for insurance industry privacy professionals.”

Mr. Pickens’ appearance at the 2003 Privacy Academy is sponsored by the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals, the nation’s leading insurance regulatory compliance association.

The Privacy & Data Security Academy & Expo will provide attendees with answers to daily operational challenges with input from front-line experts and through plenary sessions from internationally recognized privacy leaders. With a wide array of industry tracks, privacy officers will gain the background and knowledge needed in areas such as healthcare privacy, financial privacy, security, technology, marketing privacy and spam.

For More Information:
IAPP Privacy & Data Security Academy & Expo
October 29 through 31, 2003
Chicago Marriott Downtown

For sponsor, exhibitor and registration information, please visit the IAPP website at or contact the IAPP National Office (800-266-6501).

The IAPP is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals. With more than 1,000 individual and corporate members, the IAPP defines and supports the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries. Further information on the IAPP can be found at