Data Matching

This authority 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, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

National Fraud Initiative

We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at this authority contact


A CCTV system has been installed at Cumbria County Council's new build (Cumbria House) for the following purpose:

• assisting with the prevention and detection crime and disorder i.e. burglary, damage to property, arson

This purpose is reflected in the council's entry on the Information Commissioner's Register of Data Controllers

The system covers the exterior of the building (including rear car park), entrance/exit points and reception area and is programmed to block out windows - a privacy zone (a black block) will remain on the windows.  All cameras that overlook residential premises are also programmed with privacy zones.

The scheme is not to be used to invade the privacy of any individual in residential, business, or other private premises, buildings or land.

The council has made every effort in the design of Cumbria House and the positioning of cameras to give the CCTV system maximum effectiveness. However, it's not possible to guarantee that the system will record every single incident taking place in the areas of coverage.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 requests can be made by members of the public in relation to civil cases and unreported accidents.

Further details on how to apply.

Body Worn Video Devices (BWVD)

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) employed by Cumbria County Council, who undertake the enforcement of parking restrictions, are each equipped with a Body Worn Video Device (BWVD)  which has both video and audio recording capability.

During their work the CEOs are vulnerable to verbal and physical abuse. The BWVDs can act as a deterrent to abusive and aggressive behaviour and prevent a situation escalating and the recording can also be used as evidence in cases where a CEO has been assaulted or abused. It can also be used to investigate complaints about a CEO.

The Council's Body Worn Video Device and Hand Held Unit Policy (PDF 289kb) details the operational procedures for using the devices, data storage and requests for access to footage.

Individuals can request a copy of the footage under the Data Protection Act using the council's online form.