New legislation empowers telecom companies in Turkey

A new bill approved by Turkish Parliament will ensure government control over the internet.

The bill was endorsed late Wednesday by legislators and gives the country's telecommunications authority the ability to restrict websites for privacy violations without a prior court decision, according to a report by The Washington Post.

In addition, their web activity would be recorded and kept by internet service providers for two years in case the authorities would request the information. This would all be done without notifying users.

The Turkish Journalists' Association has stated that the new legislation violates freedom of speech and press right, and has asked Turkish President Abdullah Gül to veto the bill. The government has said that it will protect user privacy, and that the bill will not amount to censorship.

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