The income register has played a crucial role in reducing suspicions of abuse in social benefits, according to Kela’s latest report. Despite the number of suspected abuses remaining low between 2018 and 2023, with just under half of all paid benefits being suspected of abuse last year, Basic income support had the most suspicions of abuse, followed by unemployment insurance and general housing support.
However, previous years saw unemployment insurance account for the largest share of suspected abuse. The income register system has significantly reduced the number of suspected abuses related to unemployment insurance and housing allowance.
It is important to note that cases of suspected abuse registered by Kela involve beneficiaries who have been consulted about their behavior and where Kela has made a decision on whether or not it constitutes abuse. Abuse occurs when the beneficiary intentionally tries to get a benefit unjustifiably or more than they are entitled to.
In other news, there has been an increase in concerns about data privacy in recent years, particularly as more personal information is being collected and shared online. Some experts worry that this increased collection and sharing of personal data could lead to significant privacy violations if not properly secured and monitored. However, others argue that these concerns are overblown and that the benefits of collecting and sharing data far outweigh any potential risks.