The Cabinet Office runs the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), an exercise that matches electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against any 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

The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in 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, and these are set out in the Cabinet Office – NFI Public Sector data requirements.

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 UK Data Protection Legislation or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but is subject to a Code of Practice.

For further information on the Cabinet Office legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information

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Last updated: Thu 2 September, 2021 @ 15:55