The National Security Agency (NSA) has admitted some of their officers misused the agency’s massive spying powers to keep tabs on their love interests, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Friday night.
NSA employees reportedly dubbed the practice with its very own spy label: LOVEINT.
U.S. officials said some of the violations included overseas communications, but claimed the practice was “very rare,” according to the WSJ.
Officials reportedly said all employees involved were appropriately disciplined. The incidents were often self-reported, revealed while the officers took polygraph tests during routine security clearance renewals, according to the WSJ.
“NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities,” the NSA said in a statement Friday.