Av. Sevcen CAN & Av. Yasemin ÇORAK

In our previous article, we explained Turkey’s approach to protection of personal data (Please see…). In this article, we explain the legal regulation regarding the protection of personal data in Turkey.

The Law on the Protection of Personal Data (“LPPD”) No. 6698 was published in the Official Gazette on 7 April 2016 and entered into force. The purpose of this Law is to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals in the processing of personal data and to regulate the obligations, the procedures and principles to be followed by natural and legal persons who process personal datas. The provisions of this Law enforce to natural persons whose personal datas are processed and to natural and legal persons who process these datas completely or partially, automatically or non-automatically.

Under the protection of personal data policy, with the entry into force of LPPD, Turkish Data Protection Authority was established as an independent regulatory authority having organisational and financial autonomy. The mission of the Authority is to provide the protection of personal data and develop awareness in this respect in line with the fundamental rights, as well as to establish an environment to enhance the capability of competition of the public and private organizations in the world of data-driven economy. Duties to be fulfilled by the Authority;

– To follow the practices and developments in legislation, to make evaluations, researches, examinations and suggestions,

– To cooperate with state institutions and organizations, non-governmental organizations, professional associations or universities in matters fall within the their field of duty,

– To monitor and evaluate international developments related to personal data, to cooperate with international organizations in matters fall within their fields of duty, to ateend meetings,

– To report annually to the Presidancy, Grand National Assembly of Turkey Human Rights Investigation Commission,

– To fulfill other duties assigned by law.

Please see related articles;

The Law on the Protection of Personal Data – Definitions

The Law on the Protection of Personal Data – Principles

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