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February 11th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

How much could your boss know about your private health information? A lot.

(CNN) – There are certain things employees just don't want their bosses to know, much less share with all of their co-workers.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong held a town hall meeting last week about why the company was cutting retirement benefits, one of his explanations caused a nationwide uproar.

"We had two AOL-ers that had distressed babies that were born that we paid a million dollars each to make sure those babies were okay in general," Armstrong said.

The comment set off a firestorm of controversy, with the mother of one of the babies publicly blasting Armstrong for his comments. He has since apologized and reversed the decision to cut pension plans.

But how did the company head learn about the health conditions of his employee's babies to begin with?

AOL would not respond to CNN's inquiry about how Armstrong got his information.

But believe it or not, it's perfectly legal for many companies to have access to employee records from their group health plans. That's right, the stuff you thought was just between you and your doctor.

Doctor Deborah Peel, founder of the Patient Privacy Rights group, has been fighting to give patients more control over their personal health records.

Check out her interview in the video above.

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