Fair processing of data

We are required by law to protect the public funds that we administer. This means that we may share the personal data you provide with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering those funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Data matching

Data matching involves comparing computer records - usually of personal information - held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body.

Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate an inconsistency that requires further investigation.

No assumption is made as to whether there is fraud, error or another explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The processing 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

National Fraud Initiative

The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), a data-matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud against ourselves and other public-sector organisations.

We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise; these are set out in the Public Sector Data Requirements. The next data-matching exercise will be conducted in October 2016.

Further information

View more information about the Cabinet Office data matching exercises. You can also read national reports on the NFI published before 1 April 2015 by the Audit Commission.

Alternatively you can contact nfiqueries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk or write to: Head of NFI, Red zone, 4th floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1 2HQ.

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