Lawyers Elif Ceren Özer

Elif Ceren Özer

Elif Ceren Özer

Elif Ceren Özer is a third year law student at Galatasaray University. She participated P. Jessup Moot Court in 2023 and her team’s memorial was honoured as the best national memorial. She had internships in law firms such as BTS Partners and KDK Law Firm and throughout her internships she made sure that she want to specialize in private law, in particular competition law and dispute resolutions.

She is interested in theatre and organised theatre and cinema festivals involving high school students from Istanbul within her highschool years. She also enjoys attending social volunteering projects. She had chance to be a part of an environmental awareness project for children organised by AIESEC in Romania.

The Turkish Competition Authority’s BSH Decision and New VBER

Recent developments in digital sectors have made online sales more prominent, leading competition authorities, including the European Commission, to focus on the impact of online marketplaces on competition. The Commission's report on the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry emphasizes selective distribution systems and stricter regulations on online sales via marketplaces. The Turkish Competition Authority's BSH decision also addressed online marketplaces' restrictions, categorizing them as hardcore restrictions. The EU's new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) provides more flexibility and considers the effective use of the internet as a key criterion for assessing restrictions. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) aims to control digital economy balance among gatekeepers.


EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework Was Adopted by the European Commission

On July 11, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (DPF) that allows multinational companies to transfer data from Europe to the U.S. in compliance with EU data protection regulations. The DPF replaces the invalidated Privacy Shield Agreement and introduces new binding safeguards, such as limited access to EU data by US intelligence services and a Data Protection Review Court. Despite some criticisms, officials view it as an improvement, and periodic reviews will ensure compliance. Stakeholders can expect information notes from the European Data Protection Board and access to the U.S. International Trade Administration's Data Privacy Framework website.

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