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What GDPR means for trucking

What GDPR means for trucking

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been hitting the headlines for some time, but what does it mean now it’s finally come into force?

If you’re unsure what GDPR is (lucky you), it’s essentially guidelines about the use of personal data. It has given EU residents more control of their personal data and streamlined EU regulation in this area.

But what about businesses – trucking businesses in particular?

When you rely on data for analytics, greater efficiency and market share, GDPR sounds pretty limiting. The logistics industry works with numerous stakeholders; securing data with explicit consent along the entire supply chain is no mean feat.

In European trucking, 70% of profits comes from aftermarket services, maintenance and accessories. In order to comply with GDPR guidelines, trucking companies now have to explain to customers how they’re using their data for maintenance purposes.

There is also the issue of drivers’ data. It’s virtually impossible to imagine drivers’ identities could be concealed when modern trucks are so connected. Hiding the time and position of a truck is counter-intuitive because companies need to build services around trucks – and this data is essential for success.

Other issues include how to record driver behaviour if you’re not recording driver identities, and how to provide focused education and training if you’re unsure which individuals need it the most.

Have a think about what personal data you process, and check whether it’s all GDPR-compliant!

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