A new piece of legislation called “Protection of Personal Data Act” has been published on the Official Gazette on 7 April 2016.
Although the majority of the provisions of this Act became effective immediately, the law making authority made an exception for the provisions that are harder to comply with by allowing a transition period to comply with these. Accordingly, these provisions including the fines and penalties will become effective as of 7 October 2016.
Please see below for a list of the provisions that will enter into force on 7 October 2016:
- Transfer of personal data to third parties
- Transfer of personal data to foreign countries
- Right to obtain information of usage of personal data
- Applying to data supervisor
- Filing a complaint
- Procedure of investigating a complaint
- Data Supervisors Registry
- Offences and penalties
- Misconducts and fines
If your website is being accessed from Turkey and personal data is being processed via website you are required to comply with this new legislation. If you require any assistance with updating your website to comply with new legislation, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our highly skilled IT law team is here to assist.