Producer Data Protection & Security Guidelines

Channel 4 along with the BBC, ITV, Five, S4C and Pact have announced a new revised set of data security guidelines (October 2014) for the production industry. The guidelines are designed to help producers comply with their obligations under the Data Protection Act (DPA), which states that production companies are responsible for ensuring they manage and protect personal data properly and in accordance with legislation. They cover all aspects of data security including collection of and access to personal and sensitive data, policies, exemptions, subject access requests, action to take in the event of a loss of security and all other aspects related to the DPA.

The Producers' Data Protection and Security Guidelines can be viewed here, along with the Production Crew - General Notes which can be viewed here. They aim to offer your teams practical guidance in applying the Data Security Guidelines. As always if you have any queries about this document or how it might apply to your commission please contact your programme lawyer.