Turkish parliament passes personal data protection law

29. March 2016

With the refugee crisis, a new capital between Turkey and the EU has started. In order to receive visa liberalization for Turkish citizens in the EU, Turkey has to fulfill certain criteria. One of the required criteria for Turkey was to pass a personal data protection law. On March 24, the Turkish parliament has finally passed a personal data protection bill.

The Turkish personal data protection law will e. g. define personal data and sensitive personal data. Among others, it will also regulate data transfers and individual rights of the data subject.

Since the law has passed now, a next step will be creating a nine-member Committee of Personal Data Protection under the Personal Data Protection Institute, affiliated with the Prime Ministry.