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The Government has published a collection page bringing together all Brexit guidance it has published for DCMS sectors. It includes Guidance on:

  • the E-Commerce Directive and the UK: in short, the E-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) no longer applies to the UK now that the transition period is over; the guidance sets out steps providers of online services should take in response to these changes (see item above for further details);
  • Broadcasting and video on-demand services between the UK and EU: in short, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (2010/13/EU) (as revised) and the country of origin principle no longer apply to services under UK jurisdiction broadcast into the EU; however the European Convention on Transfrontier Television (ECTT) framework still applies, meaning that the 20 EU countries that have signed up to ECTT must allow freedom of reception to services under UK jurisdiction; how this right is given effect in each country may depend on national law and how the ECTT has been implemented locally; the UK must also permit freedom of reception for services that originate from all countries that are party to the ECTT (see item above for further details);
  • Making phone calls and sending texts to EU and EEA countries: this covers how leaving the EU has affected the cost of making phone calls and sending texts from the UK to EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries; in short, the previous cap on the cost of calls and texts from the UK to EU and EEA countries no longer applies;
  • NIS Regulations – non-UK digital service providers operating in the UK: this covers what organisations based outside the UK offering services in the UK must do to comply with the regulations covering the security of network and information systems;
  • NIS Regulations: UK digital service providers operating in the EU: this covers what UK digital services providers must do to comply with the regulations covering the security of network and information systems;
  • Registering and renewing .eu domain names in the UK: this covers what you need to do if you hold a .eu domain name or want to register one;
  • The telecoms regulatory framework in the UK: the EU Common Regulatory Framework, which is implemented through the Communications Act 2003 and the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006, has been under review and a new Directive, the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), was adopted by the EU in December 2018 which required EU countries to apply the new Directive to their national law by 21 December 2020; the Electronic Communications and Wireless Telegraphy (Amendment) (European Electronic Communications Code and EU Exit) Regulations 2020 transposes the EECC Directive into UK law; the Directive was transposed ahead of the transposition deadline of 21 December 2020, a legal requirement under the Withdrawal Agreement;
  • Using personal data in your business or other organisation: this covers action needed in relation to both data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA; it is for UK businesses and other organisations that either: (i) receive and transfer personal data to/from organisations abroad, including the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes the EU; or (ii) operate in the EEA; and
  • Using your mobile in EU and EEA countries: this covers how leaving the EU has affected mobile roaming in EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries.

The Government has also published general guidance on the actions needed by each DCMS sector now that the UK has left the EU. This includes:

  • the creative industries sector;
  • the digital, technology and computer services sectors;
  • the gambling sector;
  • the media and broadcasting sectors;
  • the sports and recreation sector; and
  • the telecoms and information services sector.

To access the Guidance on the collection page, click here.