January 2021 – The Turkish Competition Board (“the Board”) announced on its website on 11 January that it has launched an ex-officio investigation into the privacy practices of social media giant Facebook and its messaging and online messaging platform unit, WhatsApp.
For convenience we provide a translation of the announcement published on the Board’s website:
“The Turkish Competition Board (“the Board”) launched an ex-officio investigation of Facebook and WhatsApp and stopped the sharing of WhatsApp data with other Facebook companies (11.1.2021)
Today (11.1.2021), with its decision dated 11.1.2021 and numbered 21-02 / 25-M, the Board has initiated an investigation against Facebook Inc., Facebook Ireland Ltd., WhatsApp Inc. and WhatsApp LLC (collectively referred to as "Facebook") regarding the obligation of WhatsApp users to share data with other Facebook companies, in order to determine if there has been a violation of Article 6 of Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Law No. 4054”).
Respectfully announced to the public.”