Michael Jackson death certificate improperly accessed

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said Wednesday that they have discovered security breaches involving the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, including hundreds of improper views of the pop star’s death certificate and the discovery of weaknesses in two other computer systems in which more sensitive records are stored.

At least half a dozen staff members inappropriately accessed Jackson’s death certificate, officials said. Within two weeks of his death June 25, the certificate had been viewed more than 300 times. The document was not released publicly until July 7.

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A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, which oversees the computer system, said his agency plans to contact L.A. County officials today after reading about the incidents on latimes.com.

“We would want to investigate and determine whether there had been a violation of the user agreement,” said Ken August, a department spokesman based in Sacramento.

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