Did you know insurers might collect data from your social media?
Recently, the Department of Financial Services in New York has allowed life insurance companies to comb through social media and other nontraditional data sources to set rates. Scans of this type aren’t new — algorithms already assess credit scores, medical records and homeownership records to determine an applicant’s risk. But the social media access is a new development.
There are a few stipulations, however. When using automated programs, insurers have to prove their algorithms don’t discriminate against certain customers and groups.