Introduction

Diamond?requires the collection of information from?contributors?(meaning anyone who is involved in the programme, on- or off-screen, including crew, production staff and on-screen talent) about their?diversity characteristics. As this information is Personal Data it?s vital that it is safeguarded and used appropriately to meet obligations under the Data Protection Act of 1998 (DPA).

It?s also important contributors feel confident about declaring their own diversity characteristics. It?s essential that you understand how Personal Data is used, accessed, gathered, organised and collated as part of Diamond, in order to reassure contributors that their details will be protected and used appropriately.

In addition to the Diamond-specific information provided below, you should also make sure you are familiar with your commissioning broadcaster?s data protection and data security policies. These include the ?Producers? Data Protection and Security Guidelines?, developed jointly by UK broadcasters and Pact.