How can Production Companies prepare for a No-Deal Brexit?

Currently the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union on 31 October 2019 without a deal. Government and regulatory bodies are clear in their warning; prepare your business now for a no-deal Brexit.

Without sufficient preparation UK businesses face substantial disruption to core business activity such as use of cloud-based email and storage. Production companies will need to change the way they handle the essential payroll and HR personal data of the European individuals contracted on their shows.

To ensure an unencumbered flow of data, and let productions run as normal, it is essential to understand your risks and take appropriate action.

What happens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) advises that:

If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow after Brexit. If you are a UK business or organisation with an office, branch or other established presence in the EEA, or if you have customers in the EEA, you will need to comply with both UK and EU data protection regulations after Brexit. You may need to designate a representative in the EEA.

After Brexit, EU data protection laws will continue to apply to EU citizens working in the UK and to remain compliant it is important that EU data protection standards apply to them.

Our data processing responsibilities

We are reviewing where we store and manage data in light of the information and guidance provided by the UK Government, ICO and the EU. Currently, we hold and process data within the EU and our intention is to continue to do this after Brexit.

How are we preparing our clients?

We are designing a Brexit Report to add to our existing Insights package to expose risks related to international data transfers and the current immigration rules, and to maintain it, should further changes to freedom of movement and immigration status be announced.

It will highlight the people from whom you may need to obtain consent to process their data. You can then use the POP Production Portal to contact them to obtain their consent.

Brexit is yet another major change affecting UK production. POP is partnering with clients to assess potential risks and assist them in quantifying and managing that risk; as we have already done with the implementation of GDPR, auto-enrolment, payslip legislation and the upcoming IR35 changes.

To learn more about POP’s Insights package, including the Brexit report, or to discuss in more detail securing your production data with POP book a demo now.

Be prepared for Brexit