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Does Trucking’s Digital Future Create Privacy Concerns?

Does Trucking’s Digital Future Create Privacy Concerns?

The digital age makes it easier to organize, communicate, and in turn, to do business.

Being able to store important information and access it remotely is a big benefit, especially in the trucking field.

From trucking apps that help speed up business in the fragmented industry to telematic solutions that allow carriers to track their cargo, there are already countless instances of digital technologies in the industry. But as trucking marches even further into a tech-based future, are drivers taking a big risk?

Recently, credit-monitoring giant Equifax suffered one of the biggest data breaches in history. About 143 million people had their personal information compromised after a web application vulnerability gave hackers the opening they needed.

Another firm, this one a major accounting organization in Europe, recently announced they had suffered a breach as well. While these companies may not be in the freight industry, carriers have something in common with them – they keep important data on file as part of their job.

Everything from financial information to details about businesses can be used by data thieves in their quest to profit at other peoples’ expense.

Since truckers are posting more of their information in digital systems, and are now only months away from having their hours tracked electronically by federal law, it seems they may be at greater risk than ever before.

There are obvious benefits of switching to digital management for logistical, maintenance, and managerial purposes. Automating servicing appointments, getting instant alerts about delays, and easily plotting our future company action are all possible with the technology of today. But the industry may have to up its security measures or risk becoming the next victim of a breach.

There have been instances of “white hat” hackers accessing commercial vehicles in the past, showing how they can be manipulated and controlled by third-parties. Though this information helped carriers up their security-game, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any instances like this in the future.

Just as people who put their data out there for casual purposes face danger, it also presents concerns for people who rely on digital solutions in their line of work.

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