Any officer or employee of the department who divulges to any person, other than a member of the department, any fact or information coming to the knowledge of the officer or employee during the course of an inspection, examination, or investigation of any accounts, records, memoranda, books, or papers of a warehouse operator or household goods warehouse operator, except insofar as may be authorized by the department, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, or a judge thereof, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and, upon conviction, is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or to a fine not exceeding $3,000, or to both.