Turkey ponders on adding an SCC-type mechanism to its data protection law

Meltem Temelcan of HSBC explains the expected changes to the Personal Data Protection Law, and the possible effects on the banking industry in Turkey.

Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Law No. 6698 (the DP Law) entered into force in 2016(1), and was based on EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC as a step towards harmonizing Turkey’s legislation with the EU. Within the last two years, the Action Plan on Human Rights(2), the 11th Development Plan(3) and the Judicial Reform Strategy of the Ministry of Justice(4) have been published, with the aim of amending the DP Law in order to achieve harmonization with the GDPR. The timeline for this change was two years, meaning that the amendments should be adopted at the latest in 2023. However, we are still waiting for the official text of the draft amendment.

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