How has Covid-19 affected democracy? Which kinds of government have dealt better with the pandemic?

As we approach one year of Covid-19, we will ask how politics has been changed by the pandemic and what it has taught us about democracy.

Put your question to the panel and take part in a global BBC debate for broadcast worldwide.

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Please note that if your question is chosen for the programme, your given name will be read out during the recording. Your question will be seen by a BBC producer. We will securely store the data you give us in your initial application for one month after the programme is first broadcast.

BBC World Questions is a World Service debate programme delivered in partnership with the British Council. This edition will be recorded on 10 February and broadcast worldwide from 13 February.

World Questions is a series of international events created by the BBC World Service in partnership with the British Council. Recordings of the debates are broadcast on the BBC World Service and remain on the BBC website. Both the BBC and the British Council are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your relationship with us, in accordance with data protection law. 

What we will collect 

We will only collect data from you that which is necessary for you to participate in the event. 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 
  • Indication of your age since some of the programmes coordinated by the BBC World Questions campaign are targeted at specific age groups
  • 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 independent ‘data controllers’ of the information you provide. This means that we both decide what your personal information is used for, and the ways in which it is processed by us separately. 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 our individual set of interests in processing your data for this event against any impact on your individual rights and freedoms. The BBC and British Council each found that such impact does not override our respective interests. 

Deleting Your Data 

We will securely store the data you give us in your initial application for one month after the programme is first broadcast. After this time, all the public data collected will be deleted. Recordings of voices of audience members who feature in the broadcast versions of World Questions, will be kept in perpetuity as part of the BBC Archives. 

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If you have any questions about how British Council handles your personal information, or you wish to find out about your rights, please email IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org. Read more about the British Council's data protection policy here

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 DataProtectionEnquiries@bbc.co.uk. Should you wish to contact the BBC’s Data Protection Officer, you can do so by post or via email at dpa.officer@bbc.co.uk If you have a concern with the way your personal information has been handled, you are entitled to lodge your concern with a supervisory authority. In the UK, the supervisory authority is the Information Co.