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Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update

Turkey’s competition authority has opened an investigation into WhatsApp over a new update that requires users to share more data with its parent company, Facebook.

The popular messaging platform has been widely criticised for asking its users to agree to the new terms or lose access to their accounts from February 8.

The Head of Turkey’s Digital Transformation Office, Ali Taha Koc, said that foreign applications pose serious security risks.

Source: Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update | Euronews

Turkish data localization rules in effect for social media companies

On Oct. 1, 2020, amendments to the Regulation of Internet Broadcasts and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts (Law No. 5651), also known as the Social Media Law in Turkey, entered into force.

The amendments define the term “social network provider,” oblige them to appoint a local representative, set out procedures for content removal, request reports every six months, and require user data to be stored within Turkey.

Source: Turkish data localization rules in effect for social media companies

Turkish DPA Fines Amazon Turkey 160,000€

The Board of Turkish Data Protection Authority has imposed a total of 1.200.000 TL (160K €) fine against Amazon Turkey for sending commercial electronic messages to users without their consent, bundling signing up to the services as a prerequisite for providing consent, transferring personal data without obtaining explicit consent of the users and for failing to provide information in accordance with Law and regarding data processing with cookies.

It’s not only a decision to fine a tech giant for the authority but also an opportunity to show his teeth to data controllers about the Authority’s perspective about electronic messaging and cookie use (first of its kind) in Turkey.

Source: Turkish DPA’s landmark Amazon Turkey Ruling

Turkish watchdog fines Facebook $271,000 for data breach

Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) said on Friday it had fined Facebook a total of 1.65 million lira ($270,976.01) in April due to a data breach.

It cited a Facebook statement from December as saying the company had discovered a photo API bug that allowed third-party applications to access Facebook user photos.

Source: Turkish watchdog says it fines Facebook $271,000 for data breach – Reuters

2018 global legislative predictions in privacy

Taking a look at the activities of 2017, it’s clear that the coming year will see lots of movement on the privacy front. This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup consists of contributions from around the globe on expected and potential legislation. With more than 20 entries coming in from countries and regions spanning Argentina to Zimbabwe, hopefully we’ve hit on some important upcoming developments you should have on your radar.

Source: 2018 global legislative predictions