United States Code, 2020 Edition
Title 49 - TRANSPORTATION
SUBTITLE IV - INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION
PART B - MOTOR CARRIERS, WATER CARRIERS, BROKERS, AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS
CHAPTER 149 - CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES
Sec. 14908 - Unlawful disclosure of information
From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov
§14908. Unlawful disclosure of information
(a) Disclosure of Shipment and Routing Information.—
(1) Violations.—A carrier or broker providing transportation subject to jurisdiction under subchapter I, II, or III of chapter 135 or an officer, receiver, trustee, lessee, or employee of that carrier or broker, or another person authorized by that carrier or broker to receive information from that carrier or broker may not disclose to another person, except the shipper or consignee, and a person may not solicit, or receive, information about the nature, kind, quantity, destination, consignee, or routing of property tendered or delivered to that carrier or broker for transportation provided under this part without the consent of the shipper or consignee if that information may be used to the detriment of the shipper or consignee or may disclose improperly to a competitor the business transactions of the shipper or consignee.
(2) Penalty.—A person violating paragraph (1) of this subsection is liable to the United States for a civil penalty of not more than $2,000.
(b) Limitation on Statutory Construction.—This part does not prevent a carrier or broker providing transportation subject to jurisdiction under chapter 135 from giving information—
(1) in response to legal process issued under authority of a court of the United States or a State;
(2) to an officer, employee, or agent of the United States Government, a State, or a territory or possession of the United States; or
(3) to another carrier or its agent to adjust mutual traffic accounts in the ordinary course of business.
(Added Pub. L. 104–88, title I, §103, Dec. 29, 1995, 109 Stat. 917.)
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 11910 of this title prior to the general amendment of this subtitle by Pub. L. 104–88, §102(a).
Section effective Jan. 1, 1996, except as otherwise provided in Pub. L. 104–88, see section 2 of Pub. L. 104–88, set out as a note under section 1301 of this title.