National fraud initiative
North Devon Council - fair processing notice
North Devon Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying 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 to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate 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.
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 Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here Cabinet Office Guidance.
The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a code of practice.
View further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at this authority contact Jon Triggs (Head of Resources) by emailing email@example.com or you can contact our internal auditor Ken Johnson by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org who is the council's key NFI contact.