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TURKISH DATA PROTECTION BOARD ISSUES NEW DECISION REGARDING EMPLOYEE PERSONAL DATA

The Turkish Personal Data Protection Board imposed an administrative fine of TRL 250,000 against an employer following a complaint from an employee. The employee alleged that the employer did not provide the necessary information for the processing and storage of the personal data; made it obligatory for all employees to provide their fingerprint data but […]


TRANSFER OF DATA TO THIRD PARTY

In Turkey, the Data Protection Law does not provide a definition for a third party; therefore, any individual or entity may be considered a third party. This creates a problem, especially in relation to transfers between data controllers and data processors, as there is no explicit provision in relation to data transfers between data controllers […]


TRANSFER OF DATA ABROAD

In Turkey, sensitive and non-sensitive personal data can be transferred abroad if the explicit consent of the data subject is obtained. Yet, there is no solution for the transfer of personal data abroad except for obtaining explicit consent, and legal instruments, such as standard contractual clauses, alone, are not adequate for the transfer of personal […]


THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING WITH THE TURKISH DATA CONTROLLERS REGISTRY (VERBIS) HAS BEEN POSTPONED AGAIN

Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Board has postponed the registration deadline with the Turkish Data Controllers Registry until December 31, 2021, to meet the increasing requests of many data controllers as well as professional associations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Which data controllers are required to register with VERBIS by December 31? Read more


PROCESSING EMPLOYEE DATA IN LIGHT OF RECENT DPA AND COURT DECISIONS

Turkey’s Constitution protects private life, and in 2016 the Data Protection Law was enacted, furthering the protection of personal data. In disputes relating to the monitoring of employees’ personal data in the workplace, the courts and the Data Protection Authority (DPA), have based their decisions on the constitutional provisions. A new article outlines the legal […]


LAWFUL DATA PROCESSING

In Turkey, personal data can be processed based on legal grounds? And how does the country’s Data Protection Law divide sensitive personal data? Read more


EXPLICIT CONSENT UNDER DATA PROTECTION LAW

In Turkey, explicit consent has been defined as consent that relates to a specified issue, declared by free will, and based on information. Not all kinds of consent will suffice under the Data Protection Law. The data subject must know for what he/she is providing consent and must clearly express his/her consent.  Consent may be […]


CROSS-BORDER DATA TRANSFERS: COMMITMENT LETTERS

Turkey’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently discussed the commitment letters for cross-border personal data transfers and touched upon the procedures and principles to be followed for applications. The Law on the Protection of Personal Data sets forth certain rules on cross-border transfer of personal data. Preparing a commitment letter between the transferor and the transferee […]


APPLICATION OF THE DATA PROTECTION LAW

In Turkey, the Data Protection Law applies to data controllers who process and transfer personal data. Where data controllers utilize the services of third-party data processors for these processes, the law holds them jointly liable for taking all the technical and administrative measures required to ensure compliance. Read more


TWO-MINUTE RECAP OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN TURKISH DATA PROTECTION LAW – MARCH 2021

In March 2021, the Personal Data Protection Board postponed the registration deadline with the Turkish Data Controllers Registry until December 31, 2021. The Board also approved Amazon’s written undertakings for the transfer of personal data abroad—only the second time that the Board provided its approval for the transfer of personal data abroad. It was also […]




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