The Consumer Federation of California (CFC), a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, has awarded Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. an A- for its privacy policy, the highest grade assigned to any property and casualty insurer doing business in California.Novato, Calif.-based Fireman's Fund, a provider of homeowner's insurance in the state and commercial insurance to middle market businesses, was among only eight companies to receive an A- or better. Following a survey of 55 financial institutions, the CFC gave two thirds of the companies low or failing grades, including many major property and casualty companies.

Using the privacy provisions of Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) as a baseline, the survey examined the controls voluntarily afforded to consumers regarding sharing of non-public personal information. Institutions were then graded according the level of control consumers have over their own financial information. Factors contributing to a higher grade were:

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