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The impact of the Geo-blocking Regulation after Brexit

16 April 2018

Industries: TMT

By Oliver Wilson and Josefine Crona

In anticipation of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the European Commission has released a Notice to Stakeholders on the impact of Brexit on the incoming rules on geo-blocking (the “Notice“).

The Geo-blocking Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/302) was adopted by the EU on 27 February 2018 and will apply from 3 December 2018 (see our blog here), prohibiting online sellers (from the EU, UK or any other third country) who direct sales to customers in an EU Member State from discriminating against customers elsewhere in the EU based on their nationality or residence.  In particular, traders cannot re-route customers, block or limit access to their websites, apply different terms and conditions of sale or place restrictions on the means of payment they accept because of a user’s nationality or residence. The Regulation applies to both B2C and B2B sales.

Read more on our HL Global Media and Communications Watch blog.