Turkey’s top court revokes police authority to access internet users’ personal data

Duvar English

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has revoked the authority granted to police officers in accessing internet users’ personal data, which was introduced with a state of emergency decree during the country’s emergency rule.

According to the court’s justified decision published in the Official Gazette on April 30, police will no longer have the authority to access personal data of internet users in crimes committed online.

The ruling, which was issued on Feb. 19, came after the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) applied to the court for the cancellation of some regulations in the decree.

Three regulations were canceled after being unanimously found unconstitutional by the court, including the one allowing police to access and investigate ID data belonging to internet users.

The court ruled that the regulation is in violation of the constitution’s 13th and 20th articles.

Turkey declared a state of emergency following the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt that lasted for two years. Dozens of state of emergency decrees were issued at the time, with critics pointing to the grave human rights violations resulting from them.

The Constitutional Court also cancelled a regulation on rejecting the license applications of media service provider institutions of which the partners or management boards are claimed to have connections with “terrorist organizations” by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) or police.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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