Six employees from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have been fired for improperly accessing medical records following Kim Kardashian's hospital stay and the birth of her daughter North West.
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Cedars-Sinai officials admitted that six people, including five workers and one unpaid student research assistant, were let go when they "inappropriately accessed" 14 different patient records between June 18 and June 24. Five of the employees are said to have peaked at one specific record, while another is said to have accessed all 14.

While officials did not reveal the names of the patients affected, TMZ reported that Kardashian, who gave birth on June 15 and remained in hospital care for one week, was contacted by hospital officials regarding the breach.

Sources also told TMZ that the family suspected records had been leaked when the media began reporting private information. Kardashian, who has been uncharacteristically reserved since the birth of her daughter with rapper Kanye West, is reportedly pleased that the hospital has taken action against the workers.

David Blake, Cedars-Sinai's chief privacy officer told the L.A. Times that the hospital has a "high standard for security" and that "unauthorized access to any patient's record is, quite simply, unacceptable."

The fired employees have not only lost their jobs, but have also been permanently denied access to any Cedars-Sinai medical records, even if they become employed at another medical facility.

This is not the first time California hospitals have struggled with high-profile patient privacy. In 2008, UCLA Health System workers reportedly accessed the medical records of celebs like Britney Spears, Farah Fawcett and Maria Shriver, according to the L.A. Times.

Following the scandal, Cedars-Sinai officials say they plan to increase privacy training among physicians and up computer system security.