Data matching

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching

Cheltenham Borough 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, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds and with credit reference agencies, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

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

Those taking part in the National Fraud Initiative must tell individuals that their data is being processed. Providing this information is known as a fair processing notice: this is “Where a match is found, it indicates that there may be an inconsistency that requires further investigation.”

There is a code of data matching practice which helps to ensure that the NFI and everyone involved in data matching exercises comply with the law.