Young Reporter Competition 2020/21 Privacy Notice

Thank you for applying to participate in the BBC Young Reporter Competition2020/21.

Your trust is very important to us. The BBC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. It is important that you read this notice so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.

Why are we doing this and how can you participant?

The Young Reporter Competition is back. The BBC is looking for young people aged 11-18 who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them.

The Young Reporter Competition gives young people like you a unique chance to tell your story on TV, radio, online or on social media with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers.

The most original and interesting stories will be put in front of a panel of presenters, reporters, senior editors and producers from programmes and platforms such as Newsbeat, Newsround, The One Show and BBC Three.

They will choose the most original and powerful stories – which will be made with the winning entrants and will be broadcast by the BBC on either TV, radio, online or social media platforms. There will be national and regional winners so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get your story heard!

We want you to send an outline of what your story is - you can either write, record or film yourself telling us about this. Don’t worry too much about the style or the format at this stage - remember we don’t want the finished story just an outline of what it is about.

There are three categories you can enter your story to: Me and my World, Uplifting and Coronavirus.

All applicants for our competition must provide their parents/guardians contact details so we can contact them to inform them that your application has been received by the BBC. For any child under the age of 13, we will also ask for parental consent for their child to participate in this competition.

If you wish to withdraw from the competition or have any questions about how we handle your data, please email:

What information will the BBC collect and how will we use it?

The BBC will collect and process the personal information that you have provided to us about yourself. There are two types of personal information: personal data and special category data. Special category data is still personal data, but its processing by the BBC requires the BBC to follow additional compliance steps.

We will collect the following personal data:

Personal data:

• Your name

• Age

• Location (county or UK nation)

• Parent/Guardian’s name and email address

• Parent/Guardian’s contact number

The BBC may also collect special category depending on the content of your story submission to us.

Special category data is:

• Race or ethnicity

• Health

• Religious or philosophical beliefs

• Sexual Orientation

Who is the Data Controller?

The BBC is the “data controller” of your personal information. This means that the BBC decides what your personal information is used for, and the ways in which it is processed. For the avoidance of doubt, your personal information will be collected and processed solely for the purposes set out in this privacy notice. As the data controller, the BBC has the responsibility to comply, and to demonstrate compliance with, data protection law.

Lawful basis for processing your personal information

The legal basis on which the BBC processes your personal information is the performance of its public task. The BBC’s role is to act in the public interest and to serve all audiences with content which informs, educates and entertains.

The basis for which we process your special category information is your explicit consent. You can withdraw your explicit consent at any time as described above.

Retaining your information

If you are unsuccessful, the BBC will delete your data on or by 30 April 2021.

The personal information of winning entrants will be kept for a further 2 years for regulatory purposes and archived by the BBC in line with its archiving policy.

Your rights and more information

You have rights under data protection law. You can request a copy of the data BBC stores about you, which includes your BBC Account data, if you have one, and the data described above. If you have any questions about how the BBC handles your personal information, or if you wish to contact the BBC to exercise your rights of access to, and/or rectify, erase, object to or restrict processing of your personal data, please contact us via post or email at Should you wish to contact the BBC’s Data Protection Officer, you can do so by post or via email at

If you wish to raise a complaint with the BBC about the way it has handled your personal information and you are dissatisfied with the BBC’s response, you are entitled to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. In the UK, the supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which can be contacted here.

Updating this privacy notice

We will revise the privacy notice if there are significant changes to how we use your personal information.