Apr 272010

If memory serves, employees of the State Department who snooped into celebrity passports got probation. Here’s a case where celebrity snooping — of medical records — actually resulted in prison, even though the data were not otherwise misused or sold:

A former UCLA School of Medicine researcher was sentenced to four months in federal prison for illegally snooping into the confidential private records of celebrities, high-profile patients and co-workers.

48 year old Huping Zhou pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles in January to four misdemeanor counts of violating federal privacy provisions.

Zhou was also ordered to pay $2,000 in fines.

Read more on KTLA.

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