14 More Called Out for Medical Snooping

State says 68 people peeked at celebrities' files at UCLA center
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 13, 2008 9:36 AM CDT
A security guard and a photographer stand outside of the ambulance entrance to the at the UCLA Medical Center emergency room in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.    (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – Fourteen more staffers at the UCLA medical center have been accused of snooping in celebrities’ files, raising the number to 68, the Los Angeles Times reports. A new state report blames UCLA for its lack of privacy protection and for failing to report the snooping to authorities. It also provides more details about an administrator who reportedly looked at the files of Farrah Fawcett and sold information to tabloids.

The report said Lawanda Jackson, who has been indicted on charges of selling patient information, viewed the files of Fawcett 104 times. She and 14 others, including doctors, nurses, and contractors, also looked at files belonging to Britney Spears. UCLA has not decided how to punish the snoopers, though it has disciplined a Jackson co-worker who provided her with log-in information to see the files. (Read more UCLA Medical Center stories.)