National Fraud Initiative
The Cabinet Office conducts data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. The data is usually personal information. The data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed. Find out more >>
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 data protection legislation or the GDPR.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.
Further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information is available on GOV.UK >>
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