(c) 1. A withdrawal of consent by a party becomes effective 30 days after the insurer receives the withdrawal.
2. A withdrawal of consent by a party does not affect the legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of a notice or document delivered by electronic means to the party before the withdrawal of consent becomes effective.
(d) If an oral communication or a recording of an oral communication between a party and an insurer or an insurer's agent can be reliably stored and reproduced by the insurer, the oral communication or recording may qualify as a notice or document delivered by electronic means for purposes of this section. This paragraph does not apply to notices or documents that are required by applicable law to be in writing.
(e) If a provision of, or rule promulgated under, chs. 600 to 655 requires a signature or a notice or document to be notarized, acknowledged, verified, or made under oath, the requirement is satisfied if the electronic signature of the person authorized to perform those acts, together with all other information required to be included by the provision, is attached to or logically associated with the signature, notice, or document.
(f) Except as provided in par. (d), this section does not and may not be construed to modify, limit, or supersede the provisions of the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 USC 7001
et seq., as amended.
(g) If an insurer attempts to deliver a notice or document by electronic means to the most recent electronic mail address for the insured in the insurer's files and the insurer receives a notice that the delivery by electronic means has failed, the insurer shall deliver the notice or document by 1st class mail or by any other delivery method required for the notice or document by a provision of, or rule promulgated under, chs. 600 to 655.
(5) Effect on earlier electronic delivery. (a) This section does not apply to a notice or document delivered by an insurer by electronic means before the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], to a party who, before that date, consented to receive a notice or document by electronic means otherwise allowed by applicable law.
(b) If the consent of a party to receive certain notices or documents by electronic means is on file with an insurer before the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], and, in accordance with this section, the insurer intends to deliver notices and documents to the party by electronic means, before delivering any additional notices or documents by electronic means, the insurer shall notify the party of all of the following:
1. The notices or documents that may be delivered by electronic means under this section that were not previously delivered by electronic means.
2. The party's right to withdraw consent to have any notices or documents delivered by electronic means.
(6) Posting of policies and endorsements on Internet. Notwithstanding subs. (1) to (5), in lieu of delivery to a policyholder, insured, or applicant for insurance by any other method, an insurer may post on the insurer's Internet site any standard policy, and any endorsements to such a policy, that do not contain personally identifiable information. An insurer that elects to post such a policy and any endorsements to the policy on its Internet site shall comply with all of the following requirements:
(a) The policy and any endorsements must be accessible on the insurer's Internet site for as long as the policy is in effect.
(b) After the policy terminates, the insurer must retain copies of the policy and any endorsements to the policy as provided in any provision of, or rule promulgated under, chs. 600 to 655, but must make the policy and any endorsements to the policy available upon the request of an insured for at least 3 years.
(c) The policy and any endorsements must be posted in such a manner that the insured is able to print and save the policy and endorsements by using programs or applications that are widely available on the Internet and free to use.
(d) The insurer must provide all of the following information in, or simultaneously with, each declarations page that is provided when the policy is initially issued and when it is renewed:
1. A description of the exact policy and endorsement forms purchased by the insured.
2. The method by which the insured may obtain, upon request and without charge, a paper copy of the policy and any endorsements to the policy, which paper copy must be sent to the insured by mail if the insured so requests.
3. The address of the Internet site where the policy and any endorsements to the policy are posted.
(e) If the insurer makes any changes to the policy or an endorsement form, the insurer must provide notice to the insured of all of the following:
1. The change to the policy or endorsement form.
2. The insured's right to obtain and the method for obtaining, upon request and without charge, a paper copy of the policy or endorsement form, which paper copy must be sent to the insured by mail if the insured so requests.
3. The address of the Internet site where the policy or endorsement form is posted.
(7) Optional methods. Nothing in this section requires an insurer to deliver a notice or document by electronic means or to post policies and endorsements on an Internet site.