Privacy Notice – The Engineers: Future of Cars

The Engineers is an annual event staged by the BBC in partnership with The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (hereafter: ‘1851RC’). It is recorded for broadcast by the BBC. Both organisations 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 is necessary for you to participate in the event.

1851RC will collect the following:

  • Your Email address
  • Your first and second names
  • Your country of residence

The BBC will collect the following:

  • Your country of residence
  • Video recording you in the Audience zoom
  • Audio recording of your voice (in cases where you are an audience member and ask questions of the panel or make your comment)

If your application to join the audience is successful, you will be contacted with more information about how we will use your personal data in the making of the programme.

Data Usage

The BBC and 1851RC 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 and available online in perpetuity and one-hour TV broadcast for BBC World News, also available online on BBC and Royal Commission platforms. The legal basis on which 1851RC processes your personal information is 1851RC legitimate interest in managing the acquisition of an audience for the same radio programme.

The BBC and 1851RC 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 1851RC each found that such impact does not override our respective interests.

1851RC has subcontracted Eventbrite to manage ticket applications. For more about how Eventbrite uses the data you provide, please see their Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy. 1851RC has also subcontracted Big Ideas as their partnership producer for this event. Personal data collected from applications (see above) will be shared with Big Ideas. The BBC, 1851RC and Big Ideas will not share your data with anyone else, and will only use the data that we collect for the purposes specified in this Privacy Notice.

Deleting Your Data

We will securely store the data you give us in your application for one month after the programme is first broadcast. After this time, the data (including from unsuccessful applicants for tickets) will be deleted.

Your Rights

If you have any questions about how 1851RC handles your personal information, or you wish to find out about your rights, please email

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 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 Commissioner’s Office (ICO).