Your personal information may be shared internally and with other agencies such as the Cabinet Office, and may be used in data matching exercises, for the prevention and detection of fraud.
How we use your personal information
We are required by law to protect the public funds that we administer. We may share information we have with other parties who are responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office appoints the auditor to audit our accounts, and is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.
Data matching involves comparing computer records with the same or a third party. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching helps us to spot fraudulent claims and payments. We will investigate further if we find any inconsistencies to find out whether it was a result of fraud, error or another explanation. No assumptions will be made investigation is carried out.
The Cabinet Office requires us to take part in data matching exercises to help them prevent and detect fraud. We are asked to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for each data matching exercise, and these are set out in the Cabinet Office's handbooks.
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.