"Roses are red, violets are blue, free-flowing information is dead and your PIN number is 6692." It's not exactly the start of a great romance, but Twitter's worldwide trending topic, #NSAPickuplines, is providing some levity to the disturbing subject of online privacy.
It was revealed on Friday that some members of the National Security Agency have in fact exploited their access to personal data in order to spy on their potential love interests.
Known within the NSA as "LOVEINT"—short for love intel—the practice of collecting information on would-be partners was characterized as "infrequent" by the agency, which denounced it in a public statement made last week. "NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities."
Infrequent or not, the NSA's extracurricular activities, coupled with its dubious daily practices, are drawing the criticism and animosity of a population that previously was unconcerned with its existence.
Those feelings are front and center today on Twitter, as users satirize the NSA, and imagine the creepy romantic advances an agent might make after spying on a potential love interest.
Here are some of the best...
#NSAPickUpLines Girl, you must have fallen from heaven because there is no tracking data to indicate how you arrived at this location.— Candice (@CandiLissa) August 25, 2013
#NSAPickUpLines I would ask for your number, but I already have it.— Yadira Torres (@yadiiiiira) August 25, 2013
#NSAPickUpLines. I'd like to know more about you. Just kidding, I already know everything.— TVTEDDY (@TVTEDDY) August 25, 2013
#NSAPickUpLines ~ I spy with my little eye (and a gazillion taxpayers' dollars worth of high tech) someone who needs some loving.— Dykstra Dame (@DykstraDame) August 25, 2013
I just met you and this is crazy but here is your SSN and all of your online history for the past 17 years #NSAPickUpLines— samir mezrahi (@samir) August 25, 2013
I knew you'd be here. #NSAPickUpLines— Touré (@Toure) August 25, 2013
You look way prettier in person than through your webcam. #NSApickuplines— PRISM US Gov (@PRISM_NSA) August 25, 2013
I've got you babe. No, I've really got you. See? It's right here in the Patriot Act. #NSAPickUpLines— Daniel Peffers (@DanielPeffers) August 25, 2013
#NSAPickUpLines I knew you'd love this restaurant. I read your credit card statement.— Trent Sconiers (@trentsconiers) August 25, 2013
Hey babe, how about we take this up a notch and make it consensual? #NSAPickUpLines— tnielsenhayden (@tnielsenhayden) August 25, 2013
Hug me rhymes with bug me. #NSAPickUpLines— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) August 25, 2013
I bet you're tired of guys who only pretend to listen. #NSAPickUpLines— Cαrlσs Sαlgαdσ (@SalgadoCarlos8) August 25, 2013
What's your favorite #NSAPickupline? Leave it in the Comments.