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Getting in touch with World Questions

World Questions is a series of international events created by the BBC World Service in partnership with the British Council. Both organisations are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This Privacy Notice sets out how and why we are using such information. If you would like to get in touch, please send us an email.

Privacy notice

What we will collect

We will only collect data from you that is necessary for you to participate in the event.

The British Council will collect the following, which will be shared with the BBC:
• Your Email address
• Your first and second names
• Your country of residence
• Information regarding your work
• Your phone number
• Your suggested question and/or comment

If chosen for the programme, the BBC will collect the following during the recording:
• Your country of residence
• A recording of your voice (in cases where you are an audience member and ask questions of the panel or make your comment)

Data Usage

The BBC and British Council are each independent ‘data controllers’ of the information you provide. This means that we decide separately what your personal information is used for, and the ways in which it is processed. The legal basis on which the BBC processes your personal information is the BBC’s legitimate interest in producing a one-hour radio programme for broadcast on the BBC World Service.

The legal basis on which British Council processes your personal information is British Council’s legitimate interest in managing the acquisition of an audience for the same radio programme. The BBC and British Council have each balanced their respective set of interests in processing your data against any impact on your individual rights and freedoms. The BBC and British Council have each found that such impact does not override their respective interests. You data will not be shared with any third parties.

Deleting Your Data

The BBC and British Council will securely store the data you give us in your initial application for one month after the programme is first broadcast. After this time, that data will be deleted.

The BBC processes the personal data you provide on the basis of its legitimate interests as a media organisation to produce news and creative content, including fostering new talent. We have carefully considered the impact on you and will not use your personal information where the impact overrides our interests. We will retain your data for 12 months.

If you have any questions about how the BBC handles your personal information or you wish to find out about your rights, please visit the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy. If you wish to contact the BBC to exercise your rights in relation to your personal data, please contact Data Protection Enquiries.