The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, congressman Mike Rodgers, has called out the typical CISPA opponent as a "14-year-old tweeter in the basement".
The statement came during a discussion of the bill on the Congressional floor. Following the statement advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged CISPA opponents to tweet at congressman Rodgers to prove him wrong.
"Despite recent amendments, CISPA still features vague language that could put your personal information in the hands of military organisations like the National Security Agency," said EFF activist director Rainey Reitman in a blog post.
The EFF opposes CISPA on the grounds that it would threaten the internet community's privacy. If passed, CISPA would allow private enterprise to share unfiltered data with the US government. CISPA supporters say the move would help to slow cyber attacks on private and public organisations.
Following the congressman's statement, CISPA opponents took to Twitter to defend their position on the bill. User began to tweet at the congressman detailing their age and occupation in a bid to prove his comment wrong.
"Hey [Rep. Rogers], I'm a 40 year old famous cybersecurity expert, and I oppose CISPA. It doesn't stop hackers, but it threatens citizens," wrote chief executive officer for Errata Security Robert David Graham in a tweet.
CISPA was recently re-worked after a failed Senate vote late last year. The updated legislation has seen opposition from groups such as of the White House and cyber security professionals.
Bills supporters have included much of Silicon Valley. Congressman Rodgers comment on CISPA opponents came following a question on how many technology company chief executives support the act.
CISPA is expected to go up for a vote in Congress sometime this week.
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