LOVEINT is the practice of intelligence service employees making use of their extensive monitoring capabilities to spy on their love interest or spouse. The term was coined in resemblance to intelligence terminology such as SIGINT, COMINT or HUMINT.
National Security Agency
The term LOVEINT originated at the NSA, where approximately one such incident has been reported per year. In 2013, eight had been reported in the past decade, and they are the lion's share of unauthorized accesses reported by the NSA. Most incidents are self-reported, for example during a polygraph test. The NSA sanctions them with administrative action, up to termination of employment. In five of the cases, the NSA employee resigned, preempting any administrative action. In two other cases, they retired. The worst administrative sanction handed out was "a reduction in pay for two months, a reduction in grade, and access to classified information being revoked". One case was forwarded to the Department of Justice, which however declined to prosecute.
German Federal Intelligence Service
- 2013 global surveillance disclosures
- Surveillance abuse
- Category:Surveillance scandals
- The use of LOVEINT is a major plot point in the 1994 James Cameron action comedy True Lies
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- Lee Ferran (2013-09-27). "'LoveINT': Given Immense Powers, NSA Employees Super Cyber-Stalked Their Crushes". American Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- National Broadcasting Company (2013-09-27). "'Loveint': NSA letter discloses employee eavesdropping on girlfriends, spouses". National Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- Ryan Gallagher (2013-09-27). "Loveint: How NSA spies snooped on girlfriends, lovers, and first dates". Future Tense. Slate. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- Andreas Förster (2007-08-31). "BKA-REFORM - Das Bundeskriminalamt soll per Gesetz mehr Befugnisse bei der Terrorabwehr bekommen. Neue Fahndungsmethoden sollen die Jagd auf Staatsfeinde erleichtern.: Beamter unter Verdacht". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2014-03-16.