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    • Address: Nidakule Ataşehir Kuzey Begonya Sok. No: 3 K: 17 B: 162 Ataşehir 34746, Istanbul
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone: +90 216 230 07 48
    • Website: www.ozdagistanliekici.com

    Ozdagistanli Ekici is a new generation law firm that combines the values of the traditional law firm, with the values and qualities that are required to stay on top in today’s challenging business environment.

    We believe in change, innovation and disruption while we remain committed to the traditional values of our profession such as accountability and trust.

    We want our clients to stay on top of the changing environment and dynamics of the legal landscape and be the creator of such change instead of reacting to those changes. And if a reaction to a change is required, we strive to make sure that such reaction is based on legal advice that is efficient, objective and applicable to business.

    At Ozdagistanli Ekici, we have a sector specific approach to make sure that we understand the sector specific dynamics and legal landscape that our clients are facing. Thanks to this approach, we are able to provide comprehensive and commercial legal advice to help our clients lead the change or face the issues they are facing with confidence. While doing so, we also prepare our clients for future challenges and issues that they may face in their sector.

    We have a large portfolio of multinational and local clients across different sectors and industries including Automotive, Consumer Goods, Food and Retail, Education, Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Services and Fintech, Information Communication Technologies, Insurance, Life Sciences and Health Care, Media, Sport, Gaming and Entertainment and Technology.

    We are committed to provide the commercially sound legal advice and solutions on a timely and professional manner to continue to support our clients to be leaders in their sectors.   

    Key Contacts

    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Electronic Commerce, Fintech, Gaming
    Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Protection, Electronic Commerce

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    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Electronic Commerce, Fintech, Gaming
    Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Protection, Electronic Commerce
    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce, Fintech
    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce, Fintech
    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce, Fintech
    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce, Fintech
    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce, Fintech
    Technology, Media and Telecom, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce, Fintech

    A New Era in Cross-Border Data Transfers in Turkey

    The Law Proposal Amending the Code of Criminal Procedure and Certain Laws and Decree Law No. 659 (“Law Proposal”), which embodies significant changes to the Law No. 6698 on the Personal Data Protection (“DPL”) has been submitted to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (“Assembly”) on February 16, 2024.
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    Cybersquatting under Different Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

    The World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO") defines cybersquatting as “the preemptive, bad faith registration of trademarks as domain names by third parties who do not have rights in such names”. Cybersquatting takes advantage of the "first come, first served" principle of domain name registration and in most cases, the primary motivation for cybersquatting is to receive commercial offers from the rightful owners.
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    Siber İşgal ve Alan Adı Uyuşmazlık Çözüm Mekanizmaları

    Dünya Fikri Mülkiyet Örgütü ("WIPO"), siber işgali “ticari markaların alan adı olarak, bu tür isimlerde hakları olmayan üçüncü taraflarca önleyici, kötü niyetli tescili" olarak tanımlamaktadır. Siber işgal faaliyeti, alan adı kaydının "ilk gelen ilk alır" ilkesinden faydalanır ve çoğu durumda birincil motivasyon, hak sahiplerinden ticari kazanç elde etmektir.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Processing Special Categories of Employee Data

    In its decision dated August 10, 2023 w. no 2023/1356, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding an employer that submitted the camera footage of its employee praying in a masjid in a reinstatement lawsuit.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Data Processing Activities of an Online Game

    In its decision dated September 28, 2023 and numbered 2023/1645, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding a local distributor of a massively multiplayer online game due to its unlawful processing of personal data.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Confidentiality Obligations of Banks

    In its decision dated June 15, 2023 and numbered 2023/1050, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding a bank’s failure to fulfill a customer’s request to provide the transcript of the conversation between the bank’s customer representative and the customer.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Processing Former Employee’s Email Data

    In its decision dated August 3, 2023 and numbered 2023/1321, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding a company’s continued processing of e-mail data of a former shareholder.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Mobile App Requesting National ID for Verification

    In its decision dated August 17, 2023 and numbered 2023/1430, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding a meal card service provider processing Turkish identity number of users on its mobile application.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Mandatory Storage of Debit/Credit Card Data in E-Commerce Platforms

    In its decision dated April 11, 2023 and numbered 2023/567, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding an e-commerce platform that requires consumers to record their debit/credit card data (“Card Data”) in order to make a purchase.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Unlawful Voice Recordings in Labor Disputes

    In its decision dated September 7, 2023 and numbered 2023/1548, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint regarding an employer submitting voice recordings of an employee to the court, in relation to a labor dispute.
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    Turkish Data Protection Board Decision: Mandatory Checkboxes for Cross-Border Data Transfers

    In its decision dated June 15, 2023 w. no 2023/1041, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”) evaluated a complaint against a service provider selling medical devices online for failure to provide proper notice on data processing activities to data subjects and forcing data subjects to provide explicit consent as a prerequisite of sale.
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    An Important Decision by the Constitutional Court: Lack of Adequate Judicial Assessment for Privacy Related Fine

    The Constitutional Court’s Decision No. 2020/7518 (“Decision”) was published on the Official Gazette on December 15, 2023. The Decision pertains to the violation of property rights resulting from an administrative fine imposed by the Turkish Personal Data Protection Board due to a data breach.
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    Black Friday Sales: What are the Rules?

    As the exponential growth of e-commerce has revolutionized consumer behavior, Black Friday sales have become a global phenomenon, where consumers are almost “influenced” by high discount rates. The increase in online shopping during such events has significantly shaped consumer habits, underscoring the crucial importance of enacting legislation to protect consumer rights and interests.
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    Kara Cuma İndirimleri: Reklamlara İlişkin Kurallar

    E-ticaretin katlanarak büyümesi tüketicilerin davranışlarını büyük ölçüde değiştirdiği için Kara Cuma (Black Friday) satışları, tüketicilerin yüksek indirim oranlarından "etkilendiği" bir olgu haline gelmiştir. Bu tür satışlar sırasında çevrimiçi alışverişte gerçekleşen artış, tüketici alışkanlıklarını önemli ölçüde şekillendirmiş ve tüketicilerin menfaatlerini korumaya yönelik yasal düzenlemelerin önemini göz önüne sermiştir.
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    Veri İhlali Bildirim Süreci: AB Hukuku ile Türk Hukukunun Kısa Bir Karşılaştırması

    Avrupa Birliği Veri Koruma Genel Tüzüğü (2016/679) (“GDPR”) ile 6698 sayılı Kişisel Verilerin Korunması Kanunu (“KVKK”), kişisel verileri koruma anlamında önemli roller üstlenen yasal düzenlemelerdir.
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    Data Breach Notification Process: A Short Comparison Between EU and Turkish Law

    The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) and Law No. 6698 on Protection of Personal Data (“DPL”) of Turkey are the key pieces of legislation applied in the relevant jurisdictions.
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    Kişisel Verileri Koruma Kurumu’ndan Yeni Rehber: Genetik Veri İşlenirken Dikkat Edilmesi Gerekenler

    Genetik Verilerin İşlenmesinde Dikkat Edilmesi Gereken Hususlara İlişkin Rehber (“Rehber”), 13 Ekim 2023 tarihinde Kişisel Verileri Koruma Kurumu (“Kurum”) tarafından resmi internet sitesinde yayınlanmıştır. 6698 sayılı Kişisel Verilerin Korunması Kanunu’nda (“Kanun”) genetik veriler, ayrı bir şekilde tanımlanmamakla birlikte, özel nitelikli kişisel veri olarak kabul edilmektedir. Bu bağlamda, genetik verilerin kullanım alanları, Rehber’de (i) sağlık alanında teşhis ve tedavi amaçlı genetik analiz, (ii) üstsoy ve alt soy tespiti amaçlı genetik analiz ve (iii) genetik yatkınlık tespiti amaçlı genetik analiz olarak sıralanmaktadır.
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    Turkish Data Protection Authority’s Recommendations on Sending Verification Codes in Stores

    Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority published an announcement on November 13, 2023, regarding personal data processing activities where a verification code is sent to data subjects via SMS while shopping in stores. The Announcement focuses on the data controllers’ non-compliant data processing practices during face-to-face shopping and provides several recommendations.
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    Obligations under the Distance Contracts Regulation are Postponed

    On August 23, 2022, important regulations regarding sellers’ obligation to inform consumers’ preliminarily and consumers’ right of withdrawal were introduced (“Amendment”) in the Distance Contracts[1] Regulation, for which the effective date was determined to be January 1, 2024.
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    Reklam Kurulu Yapay Zeka ile Oluşturulan Reklamları İnceliyor

    Gündelik yaşamı etkileyen teknolojik ilerlemeler ile ticari reklamların oluşturulma ve tüketicilere sunulma şekilleri de çeşitlilik göstermeye başladı. Bunun neticesinde ortaya çıkan sonuçlardan bir tanesi de yapay zeka ile oluşturulan ticari reklamlardır. Ticaret Bakanlığı, 13 Eylül 2023 tarihinde yayınladığı duyuru ile yapay zeka kullanılarak oluşturulan reklamları Reklam Kurulu’nun gündemine ilk defa almış bulunduğunu kamuoyu ile paylaşmıştır.
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    Associate Position in Data, Technology & IP at Özdağıstanlı Ekici

    Ozdagistanli Ekici, a law firm specializing in technology, data protection, and intellectual property (IP) rights, is delighted to open the role of Associate. The firm seeks a driven and competent candidate with an impressive academic background and a notable ability to demonstrate exceptional legal prof...

    Özdağıstanlı Ekici Attorney Partnership Has Been Ranked in the GDR 100

    Özdağıstanli Ekici Attorney Partnership has been ranked for the 4th consecutive year in the Global Data Review (GDR) 100, the only global ranking that identifies and profiles the world's top data law firms and consultancies, revealing the capabilities, track record and market reputation of the leading fi...

    Applications for Legal Internships are Now Open at Özdağıstanlı Ekici Attorney Partnership

    Özdağıstanlı Ekici Attorney Partnership is currently accepting applications for 2022-2023 official trainee positions.The applications will be open until February 28, 2023. Candidates for legal internship should apply to [email protected] with their CV.For further information, candidates may visit ...

    Associate / Data protection, Technology & IP

    Ozdagistanli Ekici is looking to hire an associate with 2-3 years of experience in data protection, technology and IP matters. Candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs and any supporting documents via e-mail to [email protected]. Please visit https://www.ozdagistanliekici.com/careers/ t...