National Fraud Initiative
The Cabinet Office requires us to take part in a data matching exercise. This is to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.
We must provide datasets to the Cabinet Office for matching.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body, against computer records held by the same or another body.
This is to see how far they match.
Where a match is found it indicates there is an inconsistency requiring investigation.
No assumption can be made about whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
The data shared is usually personal information.
The Cabinet Office does not need the consent of individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Code of practice
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a code of practice (external link).
For further information on the National Fraud Initiative legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see the GOV.UK - National Fraud Initiative website (external link).
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