Lawyers Kaan Özdemir

Kaan Özdemir

Kaan Özdemir

Unsal Law

Kaan Özdemir is admitted to practice law in Istanbul and he has been working as managing associate at Unsal Law Firm since 2018. Kaan graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law with distinction and studied as an international exchange student at Kassel University, Germany for a year. During his education, Kaan became the president of ILSA (International Law Students Association) Istanbul Chapter and also served as president of the Information Technology Law Commission.

Kaan focuses his practice mainly on technology, data protection and privacy, e-commerce, electronic communication, telecommunication, and litigation. Kaan works in heavily regulated sectors such as electronic communications, alcoholic beverages, transportation, aviation, media, advertising, health etc.

Kaan manages sophisticated data protection compliance projects under the relevant data protection legislation (including the Turkish Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL), the GDPR, the UK GDPR, the DPA, the ePrivacy Directive, the CCPA, the CPRA etc.) and supports his clients regarding any data privacy and innovative matters. Kaan also assists multinational corporations as the Data Protection Officer and leads the global team. He understands the business and prepares the legal ground for different technologies with an innovative manner.

Kaan speaks English and Turkish.

Practice Areas & Work Department

Data Protection & Privacy

Innovation & Technology









Istanbul Bar

International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrators Forum

The New Draft Regulation On Cross-Border Data Transfers

On 9 May 2024, the New Regulation Draft on the Procedures and Principles Regarding the Cross-Border Transfer of Personal Data ("Draft Regulation") has been published by the Turkish Data Protection Authority's (“DPA”). Now interested parties may submit opinions on the Draft Regulation.


The New Turkish Data Protection Law and Cross-Border Data Transfers

On 12 March 2024, the amendments to the Personal Data Protection Law No. 6698 has been published in the Official Gazette.


New Turkish Personal Data Protection Law, Data Transfers And Sensitive Data

On 16.02.2024, the bill proposing amendments to the Personal Data Protection Law No. 6698 (the "KVKK") has been submitted to the Parliament (Law Proposal on the Amendment of the Criminal Procedure Law, Certain Laws and the Decree Law No. 659 ("Proposal" or "Amendment"). Purpose of the Amendment is to further harmonize an already aligned KVKK with the GDPR, which has been a priority for the Turkish regulators as stated in their strategy and policy documents for years.


Mobile App Privacy And Data Protection Compliance

Mobile application is a specialized computer program or software designed to run on mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, or smartwatches. The widespread prevalence of mobile applications is significant due to the convenience and accessibility they offer in various aspects of our daily lives. However, this ubiquity also brings data privacy risks that are noteworthy. As mobile applications become increasingly common, users often share personal data, preferences, and usage patterns, making their data vulnerable to potential privacy breaches.


The Latest On The EU-US Data Transfers

The EU-US Data Privacy Framework received an adequacy decision by the European Commission on 6th July 2023. The decision allows the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US under certain requirements. However, concerns remain about the effectiveness and implications of the Framework. It follows previous agreements like Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield, which were invalidated by the CJEU due to concerns over US surveillance practices. Organizations must be vigilant about developments and adhere to data protection regulations for secure data transfers.


TMT Comparative Guide - Part 5

In the telecommunications sector, Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) establishes and protects competition, imposing obligations on operators with market power. Predatory pricing and hindering competitors are prohibited. The ICTA conducts market analysis and can impose obligations and fines on operators. Unfair competition provisions apply to internet activities, including domain names and advertising. Media broadcasting content must not serve unfair interests, and measures prevent media monopolization. Social media influencers must comply with advertising guidelines. The Competition Authority collaborates with sectoral regulators, but its powers do not extend to overseeing other public institutions. Data security measures are mandated for telecommunications operators and ISPs. Cybersecurity measures exist, particularly for critical infrastructure sectors. Legislative reforms are expected, including amendments to the data protection law. TMT players should be aware of licensing requirements and consider the regulatory landscape.


TMT Comparative Guide - Part 4

In Turkey, provisions for high-speed broadband are governed by the Electronic Communications Law. Net neutrality regulations are not specific, but non-discriminatory provision of electronic communication services is ensured. ISPs may block websites for specific crimes. The use of VPNs is not prohibited, but restrictions exist. ISPs are not liable for offending content unless they fail to block it. Digital platforms are regulated under various laws. Public broadcasters are governed by the TRT Law, and commercial broadcasters require licences from the RTSC. Competition regulations apply, and mergers/acquisitions require approval. Challenges include competition protection and fair practices.


TMT Comparative Guide - Part 3

In Turkey, telecommunications operators require permission from the ICTA to transfer shares of 10% or more and must inform the ICTA for transfers below 10%. Mergers and takeovers also require ICTA permission, and operators must comply with application requirements. The ICTA regulates interconnection, numbering, and allocation of frequencies. Universal service obligations include fixed telephony, emergency calls, basic internet, and more. Interconnection fees are determined by the ICTA. Number portability is available, and operators must provide it. Retail customer charges and terms are subject to regulation by the ICTA.

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