On several occasions, National Security Officers have used their access at the agency to spy on their love interests U.S officials said. It may not a be frequent occurance, but it has it’s own name LOVEINT. (LOVEINT is short for Love Intelligence.)
Last week reports indicated that the NSA had violated privacy rules on nearly 3,000 occasions. NSA compliance officer John DeLong told reporters that there have been a “couple” instances of willful violations but did not have exact figures.
Officials said that LOVEINT involved overseas communications, usually on a partner or spouse. The employee was punished in each instance. The breeches were “self reported” most likely occuring when an employee underwent a polygraph test as part of the security clearance process.