2.3: IQA Privacy Enforcement
IQA privacy enforcement shall punish violations of the IQA gag orders, privacy, or tampering with the IQA or IQA Members or their families. A violation shall be a felony under the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts. Officers and directors of any organization shall be personally and corporately liable for failure to safeguard against violations by reasonable due diligence. The minimum penalty for each offense is ten days and the maximum is ten years in federal penitentiary plus a maximum fine of ten percent of net individual and/or organization assets.
Explanation of IQA Privacy Enforcement
The punishments are substantial. The objective is to discourage violators before they start. For comparison, refer to the laws on DVD copyright infringement, where the crime is a federal felony investigated by the FBI. Citizens face a maximum $250,000 fine plus five years in federal penitentiary.
The Members must be vigorously protected from tampering and media interference. Special interests and other potential violators will often hide behind corporate shields, which must be penetrated for effective enforcement. Violators may be very wealthy and many organizations carry Officers and Directors insurance. Consequently, a fine based on simple fixed maximum amount is not a significant deterrent. Mandatory goal time, against which insurance cannot protect, and fines based on net worth are appropriate and efficacious.