Excellence in administration

  • ISSA Guidelines:
  • Error, Evasion and Fraud in Social Security Systems

Excellence in administration

  • ISSA Guidelines:
  • Error, Evasion and Fraud in Social Security Systems

Error, Evasion and Fraud in Social Security Systems -
Guideline 37. Data sharing with foreign social security institutions to prevent the risk of error, evasion and fraud

The institution implements systematic and standardized data sharing with foreign social security institutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the contribution collection and compliance system. Cross-border issues are relevant due to the growing mobility of workers and businesses worldwide.

The differences between social security coverage levels, benefit generosity and contribution rates may create incentives for evasion as well as well as risks of fraud. To address these risks, there is an increasing need for cross-border cooperation between social security institutions.

Cross-border exchanges between social security institutions should be integrated into information systems’ evolution projects (e.g. EESSI in the European Union); social security institutions should go beyond this framework by preparing a more complete initiative, based on good will and, in the spirit of reciprocity, opening wider access to the data available.

Nevertheless, data sharing should be controlled to protect personal privacy, and balanced by a right to access and modification under the monitoring of an independent authority.

In the field of evasion and fraud, the institution responds to requests for information to facilitate investigations and the cross-checking of data. These aspects are set out in a technical plan in the ISSA Guidelines on Information and Communication Technology.