Turkey's communication authority defends new internet bill

Top communication official says new internet bill does not enable arbitrariness.

Turkey's communication authority defends new internet bill
World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey’s new internet bill does not enable arbitrariness, according to Tayfun Acarer, chairman of Turkey’s Information and Communications Technologies Authority.

"The traffic information that was stored on the servers could be demanded only with a judicial warrant," Acarer said. "Arbitrary acquisition of this information will not be allowed."

Acarer said that the amendments are compatible with EU regulations. EU officials are skeptical and have said the bill raises "serious concerns." 

Acarer said the legislation that has been in place since 2007 cannot keep up with the constantly changing Internet, making a new law necessary. 

He said there were serious defects in the current law, such as the long time needed to remove from the Internet the content that violates someone's personal privacy, and the complex issue of how to find the violator. 

He also said that foreign content providers do not open offices in Turkey because they fear the prison sentences that are prescribed by the law.

The bill enables the Telecommunication Presidency to block internet material deemed offensive within four hours of it appearing. A court must meet within 48 hours to decide if the ban will be continued.

Turkey's main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, described the bill recently as "a ban on the freedom of speech" and said it had no place in the 21st Century.

Last Mod: 15 Şubat 2014, 15:51
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