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Fair Processing Notice regarding the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative Data Matching Exercises

The Council has a duty to protect public money and one of the ways it does this is to use information it holds for the purposes of the prevention or detection of fraud. We also share information with other public bodies for these same purposes.

The Cabinet Office is the government body which appoints someone to audit the Council. It also carries out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potential fraud to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Cabinet Office’s guidance, which can be found here.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice which you can read about here.

For further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information please see this article. For further information on data matching at this authority please contact Alison Sands (Principal Auditor) on 0161 342 2870.
 

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