Turkey blocks access to the Internet

Posted on February 22, 2014


Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul signed a controversial bill allowing Turkish authorities to block websites without a court order. This law enables Turkish officials to monitor telecommunications and ISPs, allowing the government to block online communication and content it thinks is illegal or to be in violation of someone’s privacy. Under the new law, ISPs must keep records of user activities for two years and hand them over to authorities. This has caused a storm and protest on social media, and caused Turkey’s president to lose nearly 80,000 Twitter followers overnight.

Turkey’s president said he signed the legislation after officials agreed to amend two disputed articles. According to Reuters, the law will allow specific content on a website to be blocked, rather than blocking the entire website, and will replace prison sentences with fines for violations. Turks have hit back at a new law tightening control of the internet with more than half a million tweets on the hashtag “Internet Censorship in Turkey”. Turks are concerned that this law will be mismanaged by the government, which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery inquiry in December.

Turkish riot police have fired water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul in protest at new laws tightening government control of the internet.

It is believed that the president signed the legislation in a “tactical political calculation to amend the bill but approve it to maintain support from the ruling party, which will likely determine his own political future,” according to the Wall Street Journal The decision has been criticized by the European Union, which Turkey has been vying to join for decades.

It remains to be seen if the law could extend to web hosts operating in Turkey, who may be required to cooperate with ISPs in handing over user records and Censorship In Turkey

In the case of users rights and data protection when it comes to the digital age I found this post really interesting to read, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed the creation of a separate European communications network that would disallow data from passing through US based servers
There’s been speculation among analysts that the leaks and press coverage of spying on major Internet companies could lead to a splintering of the global Internet, with other countries seeking to build “NSA-free zones” for their residents and businesses.
Those worries took a more serious form this weekend when German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed the creation of a separate European communications network that would keep data within the EU’s borders and not allow it to pass through U.S. based servers.

“We’ll talk with France about how we can maintain a high level of data protection,” This post caught my attention around users data and European Internet