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Turkish data protection authorities fine Twitter and Facebook

Turkish authorities recently fined[1] Twitter, Facebook and several other social media platforms for failing to appoint a country representative in accordance with Turkey’s Data Protection Law.

According to the law, first published in April 2016, data processors had until Nov. 2 to appoint country representatives; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and TikTok have each been fined 10 million Turkish lira, equivalent to USD 1.2 million, for missing the deadline. None of the companies commented on the fines.

If the companies fail to pay the fines or appoint a country representative, they face an escalating series of enforcement actions that could culminate in restriction of services and access to the Turkish market.

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