Cardiff Council are the administering authority of the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund, and are required by law to protect the pension funds that it administers. The Authority may share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, to prevent fraud.
The Auditor General is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises within its powers as Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004.
Data matching involves comparing computer records (usually personal data) held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how closely they match. Computerised data matching allows fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.
The Auditor General requires the Authority to share all information to enable the Auditors to complete data matching exercises – these exercises will assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. Further details of what information we are required to share can be found on the Wales Audit Office website.
The data used by the Auditor General for data matching exercises, is carried out with statutory authority (Part 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004), it does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Data matching by the Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice. This is to help all bodies involved in data matching to comply with the law and good practice, including maintaining data security.
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