Legislation being drafted by a government task force with the backing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation would heavily penalize companies that refuse to comply with wiretap orders.
The provision, if passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, would add wording to the outdated 1968 Wiretap Act to mandate that private companies put into place protocols for complying with information requests from government investigators. Companies would be given 90 days to comply with the order— and if they fail would be slapped with fines reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars that would double every day information is withheld.
The measure is similar to a provision included in the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act which simply states that telecommunication companies will be encouraged to share Internet data with the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice concerning national security if the bill passed. CISPA was approved by the lower chamber of Congress a little more than a week ago.