Authority Fines Three Leading Mobile Phone Companies
MOBILE PRIVACY—TURKEYApril 16, 2012
The Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) has fined three major mobile phone operators for violating client privacy, Today's Zaman reports. The authority has fined Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone a total of TL 13.6 million ($7.5 million) after the firms opened phone lines using customers' personal information, registering multiple lines under each person's name. The BTK implemented a new regulation in 2009 that prohibits the use of personal information to register phone lines without user consent, the report states, in an effort to thwart criminal use of individuals' information.