National Fraud Initiative
The Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland are participating in the 2020/21 National Fraud Initiative.
Audit Scotland is conducting a data matching exercise. This is to detect fraud and other crimes. This is done by comparing data from a number of organisations in the private, public and third sector.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body. This is to see how far they match.
Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. However, the inclusion of personal data in a data matching exercise does not mean that any specific individual is under suspicion.
Where a match is found, it indicates that there may be an inconsistency that needs to be investigated.
No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation. An investigation needs to be carried out.
The exercise can also help bodies to make sure that their records are up to date. The aim of the exercise is to make sure efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public money.
This notice is to inform you that the SPA is required to submit personal data to Audit Scotland. This is for the purposes of their data matching exercise under the National Fraud Initiative.
For more information on this, please see the National Fraud Initiative Privacy Notice in relation to the NFI.
Details of the personal data which Audit Scotland will process is included in Appendix 1 (page 9).
More information can be found on the Audit Scotland website.