A rapist has posed as a care worker to access council data on vulnerable teenagers. The incident highlights a danger of creating large databases of sensitive personal information that are difficult to secure against determined and unscrupulous insiders.
Simeon Kellman, aged 42, used a system at Greenwich Borough Council in south-east London, to identify teenagers who had recently come out of foster care.
The police, as quoted in The Sun, said Kellman had made a "substantial" number of computer searches on profiles of former foster children.
"The lack of security at the council was breathtaking," said the paper, quoting a "police source". It added: "Kellman was able to log on and cherry-pick kids coming out of the care system."
But a spokesman for Greenwich Council said Kellman had had access to the council's systems as part of his job and had been vetted to the standard of his colleagues. The spokesman denied that the council's systems were insecure.