The personal information that you provide will be held securely. It will be shared with partner organisations:
• To help provide you with a housing service
• To help us assess housing need in Devon, which may include contacting you as part of a survey
• To inform you about other relevant housing services
• To seek your views
• For our auditing purposes.
We may check any information you provide or information we have about you with other information held by the organisations which comprise Devon Home Choice.
Anonymous statistical information may also be passed to other organisations to assist in the planning and monitoring of services.
In addition, the Devon Home Choice service must cooperate with the prevention and detection of crime and fraud, which may result in information about you being passed to others. Please see below for details of the National Fraud Initiative.
Your information will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be passed onto any other third party without your permission.
National Fraud Initiative
The local authority partners in Devon Home Choice are required by law to protect the public funds they administer. They may share information provided to them with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of the Devon local authorities. It is also 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 this is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
The Audit Commission currently requires the Devon local authorities to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Audit Commission's National Fraud Initiative (NFI) guidance.
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 Act 1998.
Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice.
For further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see the Audit Commission data matching Fair Processing Notice.
Use of IP addresses
Home Connections collects IP addresses only for the purposes of system administration and to audit the use of our site. We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that while your user session will be logged, you will remain anonymous to us.
This site contains links to other sites. Neither Devon Home Choice or Home Connections is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these sites and while we monitor and review the sites we are linked with we cannot fully endorse or be responsible for any losses resulting from any externally linked sites.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
When someone visits websites powered by Home Connections we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.