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Part 3 U.K.Other measures to prevent or disrupt serious and other crime

Chapter 1U.K.Prevention of fraud

Sharing information with anti-fraud organisationsU.K.

68Disclosure of information to prevent fraudU.K.

(1)A public authority may, for the purposes of preventing fraud or a particular kind of fraud, disclose information as a member of a specified anti-fraud organisation or otherwise in accordance with any arrangements made by such an organisation.

(2)The information—

(a)may be information of any kind; and

(b)may be disclosed to the specified anti-fraud organisation, any members of it or any other person to whom disclosure is permitted by the arrangements concerned.

(3)Disclosure under this section does not breach—

(a)any obligation of confidence owed by the public authority disclosing the information; or

(b)any other restriction on the disclosure of information (however imposed).

(4)But nothing in this section authorises any disclosure of information which—

(a)contravenes [F1the data protection legislation]; or

(b)is prohibited by [F2any of Parts 1 to 7 or Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016].

(5)Nothing in this section authorises any disclosure by a relevant public authority of information whose subject-matter is a matter about which provision would be within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament if it were included in an Act of that Parliament.

(6)In subsection (5) “relevant public authority” means a public authority which has (whether alone or in addition to other functions) functions which are exercisable within devolved competence (within the meaning given by section 54 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)).

(7)This section does not limit the circumstances in which information may be disclosed apart from this section.

(8)In this section—

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 68(4)(a) substituted (25.5.2018) by Data Protection Act 2018 (c. 12), s. 212(1), Sch. 19 para. 145(2) (with ss. 117, 209, 210); S.I. 2018/625, reg. 2(1)(g)

Commencement Information

I1S. 68(1)-(7) in force at 1.10.2008 by S.I. 2008/2504, art. 2(b)

I2S. 68(8) in force at 1.3.2008 by S.I. 2008/219, art. 3(e)