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Fair Processing Notice

The partners that provide the Home-Options service are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect 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. 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 National Fraud Initiative (NFI) 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 NFI for matching.  For information describing which datasets are matched by the Cabinet Office, please refer to the Cabinet Office’s guidance at http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative

The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority; it does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

For further information on the NFI including fair processing, go to:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative