Internet recommendations for full closure


It is expected that there will be an increase in internet and social media use during the full shutdown period due to Kovid-19. This means that more attention should be paid to the protection of personal data.

The Personal Data Protection Authority has compiled what should be done to protect personal data while using social media and the internet, while shopping online.

The institution made the following recommendations to citizens:

Update passwords that you haven’t changed in a long time.

Strong password means strong protection. Set strong passwords with numbers, symbols, upper and lower case letters and at least 8 characters.

Do not share your passwords and passwords with anyone and keep them safe.

Things to consider when shopping online

When shopping online, consider whether the site has the 3D Secure Payment method and SSL Certificate.

Check the site’s contact information.

Read the clarification text on the processing of your personal data.

Prefer to use virtual card information instead of physical card information during payment.

If possible, perform your transactions on your own devices.

Do not take applications that request personal data through fraudulent campaigns seriously.

Recommendations against phishing attacks

Make sure that the link address of the website is correct.

Be wary of fraudulent links. Before clicking on a link, check the source of that link by querying it.

Confirm that the online invites are from their original source.

Do not rush while making your transactions over the internet.

Social media usage

Determine which information you will share with whom on social media.

Do not publicly share your information such as full address, phone number, e-mail address and date of birth.

Enable the two-factor authentication feature. This feature can help prevent malicious people from hijacking your account, even if they have compromised your password.

Stay away from posts that may be against the law.

Electronic mail security

E-mail security is also important for the security of your various accounts and memberships on the internet. Therefore, take care to take the necessary technical measures.

Do not open e-mails that you do not know the source of and are unsure of their security.

Do not use your personal e-mail address for corporate purposes and your corporate e-mail address for individual purposes.

Select account recovery options in case of loss of access.

Report phishing or spam when you receive an email that you think is suspicious for your personal data security.

Recommendations for harmful applications

Stay away from applications with unknown origin and known to be harmful.

High app scores and positive reviews don’t mean an app is always reliable. Consider other security criteria as well.

Before downloading an application, read which personal data that application requires access to, and review the privacy policy.

Watch out for fake applications while downloading. Make sure the application developer and application name are correct.

Children’s personal data are also important

Do not leave your children alone in the digital world, provided that their privacy is respected.

Tell your children about their personal data and its importance. Make the issue of protecting personal data a part of your daily conversation.

Ensure your children use the internet carefully, consciously and in moderation against technology and game addiction.

Information pollution can lead to personal data abuse

Information pollution can bring along various risks, as well as the risk of personal data abuse. So, confirm the information you encounter online.

Do not rely on fraudulent announcements that are false or of unknown origin. Consider the statements of official institutions and organizations.

Awareness videos explaining the basic measures to be taken regarding the protection of personal data in daily life can be viewed on the official website of the Personal Data Protection Authority, “www.kvkk.gov.tr”.

You can call the Alo 198 Information Counseling Center, which provides services regarding the Personal Data Protection Law and its implementation, and obtain information and support on the protection of personal data.

The work of the institution in the epidemic process

The epidemic process, which continues to make its impact felt in Turkey as well as all over the world, seriously affected many areas. One of these areas is undoubtedly the protection of personal data. In this process, the importance of protecting personal data was understood better.

The studies carried out by the Personal Data Protection Authority, which is the authorized institution for the protection of personal data in Turkey, during the epidemic process attracted attention.

As of March 11, 2020, when the coronavirus was first seen in Turkey, public announcements on various issues have been published by the Authority.

In the announcements, it was underlined that the priority issue in the process of combating the epidemic is the protection of public health. However, within the scope of the Personal Data Protection Law, it was emphasized that in cases where health data and other personal data need to be processed, the said data processing activities should be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Law and the importance of taking necessary administrative and technical measures to ensure personal data security.

On the other hand, by reminding the basic principles of the processing of personal data, the roadmap of the steps to be taken was drawn, by making explanations on the compliance with the Law, fulfillment of the obligation of disclosure, protection of data privacy and processing as much data as necessary. In addition, answers were given under the heading “frequently asked questions” regarding current questions arising during the epidemic in the field of personal data protection.