A few years ago, we might have called this bad form, unethical even. But thanks to the personal privacy protections in state and federal laws, this kind of snooping is now officially illegal.
I can imagine being tempted to look. I can probably even imagine being boneheaded enough to open up unauthorized files. I can't imagine being so stupid to believe that some log file or audit trail wouldn't eventually betray my burning need to know.
Is dismissal or suspension an appropriate response? Those punishments don't really fit the crime, do they? What if the culprits were required to publish their own medical records in a couple major daily newspapers? Or maybe some community service, in which they form human shields around some celeb to confound the paparazzi?
I'm curious if you think the UCLA staff deserves more than a slap on the hand. E-mail me with your thoughts or leave a comment below.