The disclosure of death registration information (DDRI) scheme allows the registrars general for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to disclose death registration information to assist in the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of offences.
The DDRI scheme is administered, on behalf of the 3 registrars general, by the data delivery team in the General Register Office (GRO) (England and Wales). Disclosure is legislated by the Police and Justice Act 2006 and the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006. The scheme was launched 16th January 2008 to administer and distribute the death registration information and support the fight against impersonation of the deceased fraud (IOD).
IOD fraud is one of the more callous forms of identity fraud. The National Fraud Authority puts the cost of identity fraud to UK individual’s at £3.3 billion each year*.The DDRI scheme provides successful applicants with a weekly electronic file of UK death registration information so that fraudsters may be quickly identified and dealt with before they can do any fiscal or emotional damage.
Prior to Tracesmart becoming the first approved company to receive the death registration information, we had to fulfil a variety of stringent preconditions and undergo a full security audit of our sites and in particular where the death registration information would be stored, processed and accessed. The GRO established these measures to ensure that the information available via the DDRI scheme is only accessed by appropriate organisations for the purposes for which it is intended.
The weekly feed of death registration information is employed within Tracesmart’s IDU solutions. The implementation of the death registration information offers further preventative measures against IOD fraud and also helps our customers can exercise know your customer measures in line with the current anti-money laundering regulations. Furthermore, utilising the death registration information allows for the demonstration of superior corporate governance, as it shows an interest in protecting customers or scheme members from the negative emotional impact and repercussions of identity theft and fraud.