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Data Protection

In accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA), and as required under the BBC's standard production agreement, production companies are responsible for ensuring they manage and protect personal data properly and in accordance with legislation.

Pact and the public service broadcasters have agreed a user-friendly set of data security guidance for the production industry to help producers to comply with their obligations under the Data Protection legislation. The guidance should be used by all production teams making content for BBC Television. Where an independent producer is working in the capacity as Data Processor, this guidance constitutes written instructions from the BBC as required under the legislation.

The BBC also follows these guidelines and in the event that the BBC is acting in the capacity as Data Processor, where the production company is the Data Controller, the BBC will take these guidelines as its written instructions, unless directed otherwise in writing by the Data Controller.

There are two sets of Production Data Security Guidelines:

You may wish to look at The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.


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