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TMCNet:  Turkey's president signs controversial internet bill into law [Anadolu Agency (Turkey)]

[March 01, 2014]

Turkey's president signs controversial internet bill into law [Anadolu Agency (Turkey)]

(Anadolu Agency (Turkey) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) New law requires decision to block a website to be sent to court within 24 hours, and the court is required to rule on the decision within next 48 hours ANKARA Abdullah Gul An omnibus bill that includes the controversial regulation regarding the state control on internet has been signed into law by Turkish President on Friday. An initial form of the internet law had already been ratified by Gul on Feb. 18 on condition of amendments in two issues. passed The government made the revisions Gul demanded and the parliament the bill Wednesday. The bill allows Turkey's official telecommunications authority to block access to websites without prior court approval. It also stipulates that internet providers must store data on web users' activities for two years and make it available to the authorities. The amended sections of the law requires a decision to block a website to be sent to the relevant court within 24 hours, and the court is required to rule on the decision within the next 48 hours. If the court annuls the decision, the blockage will be lifted. In the past, people or companies had to wait for legal proceedings before content they considered private could be blocked. englishnews@aa.com.tr (c) 2014 Andolu Ajansi Provided by Syndigate.info, an Albawaba.com company


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