Sharing information with the NFCU: Assurances

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The NFCU is committed to ensuring that food businesses, whistle blowers and everyone else feel confident in reporting suspicions of food criminality to us in confidence. This is how we do it.

We have information recording systems which are used to receive and store sensitive information securely. Our processes for storing and handling information comply with the Data Protection Act (1998) and where necessary the Public Information Disclosure Act (1998) and are in line with government standards.

To make sure your concerns are given our full attention and protection, we have a dedicated human intelligence management capability who ensure that sensitive reporting is handled appropriately.

If your reporting relates specifically to the business that you are employed by, you are afforded additional protections under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998). See link below.

When you contact the NFCU to report your concerns, it helps us to have your name and contact details. This means we can make better use of the information or contact you for further details. However you do not have to give us information about yourself and may remain anonymous.

The information that you share with the NFCU may be shared with other relevant partners if there is a legal, regulatory or operational reason to do so. For example, we may share the information with the police  or with a local authority. If you have given your contact details and do not wish for them to be shared further you can tell us this when sending your information and we will make sure they are not provided any further.

We will not routinely disclose the identity of individuals providing us with information, and any information provided to us in confidence will be protected as required. Should information which is provided to us subsequently lead to a prosecution, any sensitive information provided by an individual will not be disclosed as a rule. There are rare situations where a judge may order us to disclose this information. If this extremely unlikely situation were to arise then we would robustly defend any court proceedings requiring us to disclose the identity and details of an individual who has provided the information.