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While it is getting more challenging each day to keep the privacy of private life as a result of improving technology, the right to protect your personal data is being secured by law through Personal Data Protection Law (KVKK).
Technological improvements and the increase in storage of personal data digitally have created the need for regulation on national information security in Türkiye. In addition, personal data protection needs in international area, integration process with European Union, also local information security necessities have obliged the implementation of personal data protection legislation.
Four of the negotiation phases of EU membership process are completely related to personal data protection, which are in progress.
Turkish Personal Data Protection Law no. 6698 is based on the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC of European Parliament and European Commission, published in the Official Gazette dated 7/04/2016 no. 29677. Personal data that is processed before the date of publication of the law, must become compliant with the rules stated in the law in two years starting from publishing date. In other words, all personal data processed before 07/04/2016 should have become compliant with the law by 07/04/2018.
In addition, GDPR has replaced Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC of European Council and Parliament. It is the most important change in data security over the last 20 years. This law, adopted by the European Parliament on 14 June 2016, has been effective as of 25 May 2018 and imposes severe penalties on organizations that do not comply with laws on compliance.
In order to protect each personal data possessed (digitally or physically) with the principle of right to privacy, organizations are obliged to prepare required technical and administrative infrastructures. Furthermore, they need to realize all necessary legal regulations in terms of actions to be taken when personal data are acquired by third parties.
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