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Turkish Data Protection Watchdog Announced Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident

Data Protection | Articles

Turkish Data Protection Watchdog Announced Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident

Marriott International, Inc. ("Marriott") on December 4, 2018 announced that a major database security incident has occurred in Starwood Hotels and Resorts guest reservation database. The Starwood brands includes major hotels such as, among others, W Hotels and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. The news spread swiftly in the written and visual media and seriously affected the data subjects, whose private information such as name and credit card details were accessed by unauthorized persons.

Turkey is to Impose Additional Financial Obligations for Recycling of the Products Endangering the Environment

Regulation | Articles

Turkey is to Impose Additional Financial Obligations for Recycling of the Products Endangering the Environment

Turkey published certain amendments to its Environment Law no. 2872 ("Amending Law") on 10.12.2018 and brought additional financial obligations in the form of a "Recycling Contribution Fee" for manufacturers, importers, and consumers of products endangering the environment if not recycled, such as tires, plastic packages, batteries, herbal oil, etc.

Hefty Fine Imposed on Facebook for "Misleading And Aggressive Practices"

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Hefty Fine Imposed on Facebook for "Misleading And Aggressive Practices"

In recent years, social media and technology companies have faced investigations initiated by competition and data protection authorities worldwide for violating data protection rules. It seems that competition and data protection enforcers are less hesitant to impose administrative fines, when it is believed that data protection or competition rules are violated by companies that utilize data as a part of their entrepreneurial activities

Integrated System in the Bus Transportation Services Market – A Type of Agency Agreement or Not?

Competition Law | Articles

Integrated System in the Bus Transportation Services Market – A Type of Agency Agreement or Not?

On October 15, 2018, the Plenary Session of the Administrative Law Chamber of the Council of State ("PSALC") reversed the decision of the 13th Chamber of the Council of State, which annulled the Turkish Competition Authority's ("TCA") decision by which the TCA imposed a fine on Metro Turizm Seyahat Organizasyon ve Ticaret A.Ş. ("Metro Turizm") due to the violation of Article 4 of Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition ("Competition Law").

Samsung and Apple Were Fined for "Planned Obsolescence"

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Samsung and Apple Were Fined for "Planned Obsolescence"

Italian Competition Authority, Autorità Garante Della Concorrenza E Del Mercato ("AGCM"), has fined Apple and Samsung on 24 October 2018 due to "planned obsolescence" of their smartphones as they have been slowing down their old phones over the time by implementing inappropriate software and thus, promoting sales of new products.

Turkish Data Protection Authority's Recent Resolution Concerning SMS, E-mail and Call Advertising

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Turkish Data Protection Authority's Recent Resolution Concerning SMS, E-mail and Call Advertising

Shortly after its establishment with the Turkish Data Protection Law No. 6698 ("Law"), the Turkish Data Protection Authority ("DPA") has started to observe the data protection ecosystem of Turkey. In this regard, the DPA has been focusing on the areas, where data protection concerns are perceived more concentratedly. One of the instruments that the DPA has been putting to use is adopting resolutions, where the violation is prevalent. It is worth to note that "resolutions" are different than "decisions" in nature within the meaning of the Law.

Turkish Competition Authority to Reinvent Effects Doctrine in Pharmaceutical Industry: Roche Decision

Competition Law | Articles

Turkish Competition Authority to Reinvent Effects Doctrine in Pharmaceutical Industry: Roche Decision

On 27 September 2018, Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) published its decision concerning the allegations that Roche Müstahzarları A.Ş. (“Roche”) had violated articles 4 and 6 of the Law on the Protection of Competition (“Competition Act”).

Google Fined – This Time by the Turkish Competition Watchdog

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Google Fined – This Time by the Turkish Competition Watchdog

The tech giant Google has been under the Turkish Competition Authority’s (“TCA”) scrutiny due to its practices in the market for licensable mobile operating systems and under the judicial review since July 2015.

European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation into Possible Collusion Between German Car Manufacturers on Clean Emission Technology

Competition Law | Articles

European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation into Possible Collusion Between German Car Manufacturers on Clean Emission Technology

On 18 September 2018, the European Commission ("EC") opened a full-fledged investigation regarding the possible collusion between the German car manufacturers, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche known as the "Circle of Five". It will be examined whether these manufacturers entered into illegal agreements concerning the technological development of passenger cars, which may have denied consumers the opportunity to buy less polluting cars, despite the technology being available to the manufacturers.

Turkish Competition Authority Brings Halt to Credit Card Information Storage Services Provided by the Subsidiary of Well-Established Banks

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Turkish Competition Authority Brings Halt to Credit Card Information Storage Services Provided by the Subsidiary of Well-Established Banks

Bankalararası Kart Merkezi A.Ş. ("BKM") is a corporation and association of undertakings founded by 13 banks. Non-shareholding members such as banks and payment and electronic money institutions are also among the members of BKM. BKM is permitted to operate as a payment system operator under Law No. 6493 and activities of BKM other than system operations are subject to permission of Central Bank of Republic of Turkey ("TCMB") pursuant to the Regulation regarding Activities of Payment and Security Conformity Systems. BKM's activities includes authentication, swap and settlement, online payment solutions, digital wallet services and credit card information storage.

Amazon's Dual Role of Merchant and Platform Under Antitrust Scrutiny in the EU

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Amazon's Dual Role of Merchant and Platform Under Antitrust Scrutiny in the EU

Amazon embraced a business model which places innovation, accessibility and customer satisfaction at its core and its current position indicates that it probably is the best company in the world in terms of implementing this model. According to most, the extraordinary growth and great commercial success of Amazon is mainly due to its focus on value creation rather than revenue, and its ability to identify and satisfy customer expectations even before such expectations are explicitly manifested.

Google is Under the Spotlight Once Again

Competition Law | Articles

Google is Under the Spotlight Once Again

In August, President Donald Trump criticised technology firms including Google, Facebook and Twitter claiming that they could "represent a very antitrust situation". He tweeted that Google's news search function favoured liberal over conservative outlets, without adducing any evidence. The allegations about Google went on through the Twitter account of President Trump, where it was argued that Google censors search results and controls what people could see, read and learn. It was further argued Google presented "rigged search results". Google stated that the searching tools are designed to show the most similar results based on the users' search and the results are not biased or political

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