7. Detection and prevention of crime
We have a legal obligation to safeguard public funds and we reserve the right to check the information you have provided for accuracy, in order to detect fraud. This may involve data matching exercises where we compare different sets of data which we hold for unusual matches or discrepancies; this may also include matching council data with external data sources such as information held by credit reference agencies.
There is also an expectation that we will assist in the prevention and detection of crime and we will therefore generally supply specific information which we are asked to provide to the police or other crime detection agencies. However, we will only do so where we are satisfied that it is necessary to do so to avoid harm being caused to any specified investigation and that the disclosure would be lawful and proportionate.