It appears Kim Kardashian had more to worry about than her friends leaking information about the birth of her daughter with Kanye West. Five employees and a student research assistant have all been fired for snooping through patients’ medical records at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported.
Cedars-Sinai said in a statement the privacy breaches affected 14 patients whose records were “inappropriately accessed” June 18-24. Kardashian gave birth to daughter North West at the hospital June 15, and she is believed to be one of the patients affected by the breaches. She stayed at the hospital for about a week, leaving June 20, E News said.
The hospital declined to tell the L.A. Times whose records were accessed, but a representative said all affected patients had been notified. Reps of both Kardashian and West did not respond to requests for comment Friday, the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, TMZ reported sources said the family had suspected that information had leaked during Kardashian’s hospital stay and that she had indeed been notified about the incident.
Five of the workers accessed the records of one patient, while the sixth worker accessed the records of 14 patients. All of them have been blocked from ever accessing Cedar-Sinai records. “At Cedars-Sinai, we have a high standard for security, and in this case that standard was violated. Unauthorized access to any patient’s medical record is, quite simply, completely unacceptable,” David Blake, Cedars-Sinai's chief privacy officer, said in a statement cited by the L.A. Times.
Kardashian reportedly tested her own group of friends following her baby’s birth, sending out fake photographs of the baby to see whether anyone in her circle would attempt to sell them to the media. And TMZ said it subsequently received two of the false photos of baby North West, labeling the images as “Bogus Baby 1” and “Bogus Baby 2.”