In order to help protect the public funds it receives, Gentoo Group has volunteered to take part in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise carried out by the Cabinet Office. This initiative involves the matching of electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud. As part of our participation in the NFI, we are required to submit a specific data specification to the Cabinet Office, detailed here. The data submitted by the participating bodies is then compared to identify and investigate potential fraudulent activity.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice which ensures that relevant legislation is complied with. 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 Data Protection Act 1998.
Further information is available on the Government’s National Fraud Initiative website.