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How Medway Council uses your information
Medway Council is committed to compliance with the Data
Protection Act 1998, as well as your rights to confidentiality
and respect for privacy.
The council will ensure that it keeps your personal information
accurate and secure. It will also only collect the minimum
information necessary to fulfil a particular purpose and
when it no longer has a need to keep information about you, it will
be disposed of in a secure manner.
At the time of collecting your information, the council
will tell you why the information is required, what it
will be used for and with whom it will be shared.
The council is required to share your information on occasion
with third parties, such as agencies that help reduce crime or
investigate fraud. The council may also need to share data with
other service providers who are contracted to carry out services on
its behalf. These providers are obliged to keep your personal
details secure and use them only to fulfil your service
For all uses of information relating to situations where money
is owed to the council or the council is making a payment in
response to a claim for grants, housing or council tax benefits,
your personal information (other than just your name, address,
dates of occupancy etc.) will be kept secure and used only for that
range of purposes.
All local authorities have a duty to improve the health of
the population they serve. To help with this, we use data and
information from a range of sources including hospitals and
records of births and deaths to understand more about
the nature and causes of disease and ill-health in the
Why does the council collect and retain personal data?
To provide you with efficient and effective services.
The Audit Commission
Medway Council is required by law to protect the public funds it
For this reason, the authority may share information with other
bodies responsible for auditing public funds in order to prevent
and detect fraud. The Audit Commission is
responsible for checking the accounts of Medway Council and
carrying out data
Data matching involves comparing computer records (usually
personal information) held by one body against other computer
records held by another body to see how far they match. This helps
the council to identify if any fraudulent claims are being made,
for example if someone is wrongly claiming housing benefit.
No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or
other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching
exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers
in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require
the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection