February
21
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Turkish Law Allows Websites Blocked Without Court Orders

Turkish authorities are now allowed to “block websites without a court order” due to legislation that was signed on Tuesday, according to an article published by the Web Hosting Industry Review. The article says that now Turkish president Abdullah Gul has signed the “controversial bill” the government will have the ability to “monitor telecommunications and ISPs, allowing the government to block online content it deems illegal or to be in violation of someone’s privacy.” It is reported in the article that citizens of the country feel that the new law will be “mismanaged by the government – which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery.

According to the report, the new Turkish law states that Internet Service Providers (ISP) “must keep records of user activities for two years and hand them over to authorities. These events, as confirmed in the article, have “ignited a firestorm on social media“. This recent decision has caused the president’s online following to take a nosedive over night resulting in him losing “nearly 80,000 Twitter followers“, according to the article.  The country was already known to have “strict Internet laws“, and was also listed by Google as the “top country to remove content“, as the report indicates. Now this new action is feeling criticism by the European Union, which, according to the article, “Turkey has hoped to join for decades.”

Read more about this event in the full article and how in other parts of Europe leaders are considering the “creation of a separate European communications network” and taking US-based servers out of their equation.

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