Sharing information – externally
We may need to pass your information to external organisations and other service providers, but only where it is necessary or to comply with a legal obligation, or where permitted under the Data Protection Act. When disclosing personal data to a third party we will strive to ensure that the third party has sufficient procedures and systems in place to prevent the loss and unlawful use of that data.
We have an overarching information sharing protocol agreed with other partners so you can be confident local partners all comply with the same privacy principles.
We may also share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud or crime. These third parties include the Audit Commission, the Department for Work and Pensions, other local authorities, HMRC and the police.
In addition to undertaking our own data matching to identify errors and potential frauds, the Audit Commission requires us to participate in data matching to assist in the prevention and/or detection of fraud. Data matching involves comparing records held by one body against the records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. Where a match is found it indicates that there is an inconsistency that 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 use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned.