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Transportation Brief: Spotlight on The Scopelitis Workplace & Data Privacy Practice

Chip Andrewscavage, Andrew J. Butcher, Dylan C. Goetsch, Alaina  C. Hawley, Prasad Sharma

January 31, 2023

The supply chain industry has an intimate understanding of how technology and the accumulation of data have shaped today’s economy. With the proliferation of data collection, governments around the world have created a confusing, contradictory, and patchwork set of laws and regulations targeted at data privacy. The laws often have consequences for businesses that fail to adhere to their complex requirements.

Each year, more states and countries enact new privacy and biometrics laws, including European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s Consumer Privacy Act/ Privacy Rights Act (CCPA/CPRA). Businesses that violate these laws may be subject to significant penalties, including fines, lawsuits, reputational risk, and more.

Businesses involved with the brokerage of shipments, transportation, logistics, or storage of products unavoidably process and accumulate data regulated by these privacy laws. Companies must be knowledgeable about these laws to keep pace and avoid costly penalties. The Firm’s Data Privacy Practice helps clients navigate this uncertain and ever-changing legal environment. Scopelitis attorneys provide clients with services tailored to the needs of their company, including:

  • A comprehensive overview of the regulatory and legal requirements relating to data privacy and security;
  • A risk analysis of conducting business in certain states or countries;
  • A review and negotiation of contract provisions relating to data privacy and security to ensure clients do not take on more obligations than those required by data privacy laws;
  • Monitoring both emerging and existing laws and regulations in the data privacy space and subsequently providing timely, relevant advice accordingly

To mitigate risk relating to the collection and processing of data in the operation of your business, contact Prasad Sharma, Chip Andrewscavage, Andy Butcher, Alaina Hawley, or Dylan Goetsch.


Scopelitis’ Transportation Brief® is intended as a report to our clients and friends on developments affecting the transportation industry. The published material does not constitute an exhaustive legal study and should not be regarded or relied upon as individual legal advice or opinion.


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