Washington: As per the internal audit reports of US` National Security Agency (NSA), the organization breached privacy laws governing its surveillance programs at the rate of 1,000 violations in a year but one of NSA`s top official considers the number to be `miniscule`.
NSA`s director of compliance, John DeLong said that the number of mistakes by the agency was extremely low compared with its overall activities and argued that the majority of violations were unintentional human or technical errors, the New York Times reports.
DeLong added that the existence of the report showed that the agency`s efforts to detect and correct violations of the rules were robust and no one at NSA considers it alright to have a mistake.
He further emphasized that the majority of the 2,776 incidents, 1,904 of them were in a category that did not involve Americans, but rather foreigners abroad whose cellphones were being wiretapped.
The disclosed audit report had also mentioned that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) was unaware of NSA`s new data collection method for months of being operational but later ruled it as unconstitutional.
Another security official at the agency had said that it is a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times they find themselves on the wrong side of the line.