LEGAL OVERVIEW ABOUT PERSONAL DATA

The Law on Protection of Personal Data (“Law”) numbered 6698 is published on the official gazette dated 07.04.2016. The justification of Law clarifies that collection and transmission of one’s personal data through the information systems has become unavoidable in the last decades either by a private sector or a public sector. Although the collection and usage of personal data is necessary in some instances in terms of social and business life, it is also essential to protect one’s fundamental rights and freedoms which are secured by both international treaties and the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey. Thereby to balance between one’s fundamental rights and functioning of business and social life has become a current issue as a primary need.      

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PRIVACY LAWS IN TURKEY

Throughout the history, when a new technology emerges into our daily lives and become a widely accepted mean of handling information, there have always been related legal concerns which consequently lead to a need for regulations. To put it differently, we are safe to state that, the use of technology in our daily lives and legal applications are constantly in a battle, where on one hand, technology is trying to make life easier and on the other hand, laws and regulations try to protect individual’s “rights for privacy” and “protection of personal life” to the utmost.

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AMENDMENT OF THE TURKISH REPUBLIC CONSTITUTION AND ITS IMPACTS OVER PRIVACY

In Turkey one of the recent hot topics is the referendum, the reason of which is the ‘Amendment of the Turkish Constitution’. As a result of the referendum held in Turkey on September 12th, 2010; the amendments of the Turkish Constitution have been accepted by the public. With these amendments; most articles of the Constitution, including the article 20 regarding the Privacy of Personal Life, have been changed. As per the amendment made to the article 20 of the Constitution, which is effective as a consequence of the referendum, a new paragraph has been added to this article.

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