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Privacy notices for activities carried out that are related to Fraud prevention

What information do we need?

Where we may be undertaking an investigation into fraudulent activity against the Council we will collect information such as name, contact details, financial information, property and housing information, criminal prosecution information, employment information and images.

Why do we need it?

We have a duty under numerous pieces of legislation to protect public funds from fraud. This legislation includes The Local Government Act, The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013, Serious Crime Act 2007, Fraud Act 2006. Our lawful basis under data protection legislation is that the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the official authority vested in the data controller (the Council).

Our lawful basis for the processing of special category data is that it is necessary for the purpose of substantial public interest. The processing of criminal offence data is done so under the control of the official authority.

Do we share your information?

We do not trade personal data for any commercial purpose.

We are under a legal obligation to share personal information with the Cabinet Office for the purpose of the National Fraud Initiative to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We also carry out data matching exercises internally across different data sources, including but not limited to the electoral roll, licensing data, creditors data, blue badge, resident’s parking and allowances issued by children’s services. 

At times we may require our internal audit service to assist with fraud investigations and when this is required information will be shared with Devon Audit Partnership (DAP) to enable them to carry out these investigations.

Where we have a lawful basis to do so we will also share personal data with the following:

  • Police
  • Courts
  • Legal representatives
  • Other council services
  • HMRC
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Home Office
  • Insurance companies
  • Other local authorities
  • Housing providers
  • Credit reference agencies
  • Professional regulatory bodies

How long do we keep your information?

We will hold your information on a secure database that we own and will not hold your personal data for longer than 7 years. This is defined as seven years after the closure of a case or last entry recorded.

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