Turkey adopts data protection law

Turkey’s Data Protection Law was published yesterday, 7 April in the Official Gazette.

Assistant Professor Elif Küzeci from Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, told PL&B that this is the most significant step for data protection in Turkey so far. The law reflects, to a large extent, the EU Data Protection Directive and introduces definitions for "personal data", "sensitive data", "data processor", and "data controller".

The draft Law on the Protection of Personal Data (“Draft Law”) was submitted to the Grand Assembly on 18 January 2016, and the legislature adopted the law on 24 March.

The next issue of PL&B International Report will include a detailed analysis of the law.