The BTK law, according to critics, gives the government extensive powers to monitor and control individuals’ communication. The court’s ruling to remove the BTK’s powers to save personal data will go into effect six months after the top court’s ruling is published in the Official Gazette.
Regarding the top court’s ruling to partially annul the BTK law, lawyer Ergin Cinmen has said the court ruled that the verdict be implemented six months after its publication in the Official Gazette, thus aiming to avoid the creation of a hole in the law before the government proposes and enacts new legislation on the issue.
Cinmen stressed that stating a set time period before the implementation of Constitutional Court verdicts is not common, but if the government does not make amendments or prepare a new draft on the nullified articles of the law, then the law will automatically be ineffective.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) İzmir deputy Erdal Aksünger also said that authorizing the BTK and Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) to save individuals’ data is totally wrong, adding: “They cannot be trusted in terms of protecting our private data, because both institutions lack accountability. Yet there is no law concerning the issue. They operate under regulations instead of legislation. Most public institutions in Turkey are under government pressure and control, and they operate in accordance with the government’s orders. So no citizen can trust them because of their operations. Thus the Constitutional Court ruling is appropriate and reasonable.”