About TM HCC
Tokio Marine HCC is a leading specialty insurance group conducting business in approximately 180 countries and underwriting more than 100 classes of specialty insurance. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company is comprised of highly entrepreneurial teams equipped to underwrite special situations, companies and individuals, acting independently to deliver effective solutions. Our products and capabilities set the standard for the industry, as many of our nearly 2,600 employees are industry-leading experts. Tokio Marine HCC is part of Tokio Marine, a premier global company with a market cap of approximately $31 billion (Market Cap as of 12/31/2016).
How to tackle Fake News
Fake news and reputational damage
Take the recent Beckham story. On Friday 8th June 2018, media all over the world went into a frenzy as rumours circulated about an affair between David Beckham and his daughter’s school teacher, claiming that Posh and Becks were due to announce their divorce the following day. These rumours started on social media with gossip on Twitter becoming a ‘trending topic’ and speculation running wild to the point that bookmakers suspended bets on the couple’s separation.
While the couple has denied the allegations and labelled them as ‘fake news’, this type of widespread online backlash comes with the worrying possibility of reputational damage. For the Beckhams, their popularity as individuals is huge but their brand as a couple is infinitely stronger. Raising question marks over their marital status has the potential to also raise question marks over the pair as a brand, which puts their lifestyles and careers at risk. For the woman linked to the affair, a statement from her father says that the hearsay has tarnished his daughter’s reputation. There is also the reputational damage to the otherwise highly reputable school involved, which is said to have had to hire attorneys following the accusations.
This wouldn’t be the first case of fake news threatening the reputation and credibility of a public figure. In May 2018, Martin Lewis brought defamation action against Facebook for damage to his reputation and brand arising out of fake ads which were posted on Facebook.
How can we tackle it?
There are lots of ways we can tackle the issue and impact of fake news. Cancelling the accreditation of journalists, encouraging corporates and individuals to sign up to a Global Internet forum, and hiring more moderators to tackle fake news are just some of the generic solutions.
From a Tokio Marine HCC (TMHCC) perspective, we look at the question: Is harm to reputation an insurable risk? We are set to launch reputational damage cover to deal with such an occasion. Our cover will include immediate access to PR, legal advice, legal expenses including the removal of offending content, and brand reestablishment.
General Data Protection Act (GDPR) and the right to erasure
We have also seen the introduction of the new GDPR law, which will have a huge impact on the industry. Part of this legislation deals with the right to be forgotten and the right to erasure, and
arguably removes the threshold by which a claimant can sue for damage or distress caused by misuse of their personal information. A recent example is the case against Google back in April where two claimants argued that details of spent convictions should be taken down as they were no longer relevant.
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