Two-minute recap of recent developments in Turkish competition law – April 2021

 In April 2021, the Turkish Competition Board (the “Board”) approved 28 merger control filings and published four reasoned decisions. Highlights from the month include the Board’s imposition of an administrative monetary fine against Google for abuse of its dominant position. Another important development was the Board interesting decision to launch an investigation against 32 enterprises due to so-called “gentlemen’s agreements”. Another fine imposed on Google The Board once again...

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Turkish Competition Board’s Swinging Excessive Pricing Axe Did Not Hit Sahibinden.com This Time

Digital platforms are becoming a larger part of our lives each day. We do increasingly more and diverse things on these platforms: we order food, choose our holiday destination, or shop for the car we want to buy. As such, digital platforms are on the radar of many competition authorities, including the Turkish Competition Authority. After Google, Yemeksepeti, Booking.com and Amazon, local online marketplace Sahibinden.com is one...

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Two-minute recap of recent developments in Turkish competition law – March 2021

March was a productive month for the Turkish Competition Authority, considering the publication of several expected regulations and reports as well as decisions by the Competition Board. The “Communiqué on Commitments” and the “de minimis Communiqué” both entered into force on 16 March 2021. The Communiqué on Commitments shed light the details concerning the application of the commitment mechanism for competition law violations. It sets forth (i) the steps and procedures surrounding...

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The Turkish Competition Authority’s 2020 Activity Report is now available

The Turkish Competition Authority has published its annual activity report for 2020. The Report provides an outline on the statistics of the Competition Board’s decisions with regard to (i) competition violations, (ii) exemption and negative clearance applications, and (iii) merger & acquisition transactions as demonstrated below, as well as a sector-based distribution of the relevant decisions: A. Breakdown of the decisions related to competition law violations In 2020, the...

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The Turkish Competition Authority’s status report on mergers & acquisitions in 2020

he Turkish Competition Authority on its official website has recently published the annual M&A status report of the Head of the Economic Analysis and Research Department for 2020. The report provides an outline on the statistics of merger control decisions with regard to (i) the number of transactions, (ii) the parties’ country of origin, (iii) the activities of the parties, and (iv) transaction values. Breakdown of reviewed M&A transactions In 2020, the Turkish Competition Board...

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Turkish Data Protection Board issues new Decision regarding employee personal data

In a decision dated 19 March 2021 (the “Decision”), the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (the “Board”) imposed an administrative fine of TRL 250,000 (approximately EUR 26,500) against an employer (data controller) following a complaint from an employee (data subject). The employee alleged that the employer: did not provide the necessary information for the processing and storage of the personal data;made it obligatory for all employees to provide their fingerprint data,...

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Two-minute recap of recent developments in Turkish Data Protection Law – March 2021

In March 2021, the Personal Data Protection Board (the “Board”) postponed the registration deadline with the Turkish Data Controllers Registry (“VERBIS”) until 31 December 2021. (Our detailed analysis of the announcement is here.) The Board also approved Amazon’s written undertakings for the transfer of personal data abroad—only the second time that the Board provided its approval for the transfer of personal data abroad. (Our detailed analysis of the decision is here.) It...

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Can we record the voice of data subjects via security cameras?

March 2021 – The Turkish Personal Data Board (the “Board”) has recently published its assessment of the issue of security cameras with a voice-recording feature in a decision involving a public institution wishing to use such a system for security purposes. The Board concluded that the data processing activity via security cameras with a voice-recording feature is too interfering and constitutes a violation of the proportionality principle. In its decision the Board underlines the general...

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The deadline for registering with the Turkish Data Controllers Registry (VERBIS) has been postponed again

March 2021 – On 11 March 2021, the Personal Data Protection Board (the “Board”) announced its decision on the postponement of the registration deadline with the Turkish Data Controllers Registry (“VERBIS”) until 31 December 2021 to meet the increasing requests of many data controllers as well as professional associations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision also covers data controllers that missed the 30 September 2020 registration deadline. In a nutshell, the following data controllers...

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Settlement Mechanism under Turkish Competition Law

March 2021 – The Turkish Competition Authority (“Authority”) has recently presented for public consultation its draft Settlement Regulation on Anti-competitive Agreements, Concerted Practices and Decisions, and Abuse of Dominance (“Draft Settlement Regulation” or “Draft Regulation”). After the adoption on 24 June 2020 of Law No. 7246 on Amendments to the Law on the Protection of Competition, the Authority introduced, among others, the settlement mechanism into Turkish competition...

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