18 November 2019

On 06.11.2019, the Personal Data Protection Board (“the Board”) published a summary of the judgment regarding the complaints made about Sevinç Educational Institutions and the act that sending text messages to the mobile phones of the people for advertising purposes without any legal basis for the processing of personal data. 

Within this scope The Board stated that;

  • According to the Board Decision dated 28.09.2018, during on-site inspection the information and documents requested to be sent to the Board until 05.08.2019 were not conducted by Sevinç Educational Institutions, 
  • The conditions (legal basis) of the data processing were not provided by the Educational Institutions in the act of sending text messages to the mobile phones for advertising purposes since the prior explicit consent were not obtained or any other conditions (legal basis) listed in Article 5, Paragraph 2 of the Law on the Protection of the Personal Data were not provided.

Therefore, it was concluded that the Sevinç Education Institutions did not take the necessary technical and organisational measures to ensure the proper level of security in order to prevent unlawful processing of personal data, and it has been decided to impose an administrative fine of 50.000 TL on the relevant Educational Institution.

You can find the text of the summary of the judgment (in Turkish)  here.

Should you have any queries and/or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Kind regards,

Zumbul Attorneys-at-Law