Experian and benefit fraud
zenadsl6186 at zen.co.uk
Tue Aug 10 17:03:53 BST 2010
The Gubbmint plans to get credit rating firms to check benefit claimants.
"One firm, Experian, said it was in talks over a deal which could see it
get a "bounty" for cheats it uncovers."
"Experian said it already had a contract to look into new housing
benefit claimants, in a deal agreed by the previous government. It
expects the annual saving to be £17m."
"Asked about civil liberty fears about the government using firms to
look into benefit claimants' spending, [David Cameron] said: "I do not
think people should be concerned."
"If you are entitled to welfare and can claim it then you should claim
it but if you are not entitled to it you should not get and should not
Pity nobody asked him more directly about the privacy implications. If
Experian are to check benefits claimants, they will need to cross check
the claimants with Experian's records.
Which means that Experian will need to have access to a constantly
updated list of all claimants, and how much they get ... wonder how
much Experian are paying for *that* access?
-- Peter Fairbrother
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