Turkey establishes a law on the protection of personal data
4 May 2016
Client Alert | Turkey | Data Protection
Law No. 6698 on the Protection of Personal Data (“the Law”) was published in the Official Gazette on 7 April 2016. The Law in question has been in preparation for close to 15 years, and is based primarily on the European Union Data Protection Directive No. 95/46/EC.
The Law is the first framework legislation with respect to Data Protection in Turkey.
The main purpose of the Law, as specified in the preamble, is to protect the rights and freedoms associated with personal data, to specify the conditions under which personal data may be processed and to take necessary precautions in this regard, to enlighten individuals with respect to their rights on the subject matter, and to create the Personal Data Protection Authority and the Personal Data Protection Board to supervise and regulate this field.
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