A GUIDANCE ON DIGITAL DATA ANALYSIS FOR ON-SITE CHECKS PUBLISHED BY THE TURKISH COMPETITION AUTHORITY

The Turkish Competition Authority published the “Guidance on Digital Data Analysis for On-Site Checks”. The guidance sets out that the personnel of the commissioned Institution are authorized and empowered to perform analyses on digital media including any and all kinds of data in relation to the establishment, as well as the principles and procedures on such analyses.

Although the guidance is a repeated version of the current practices, it is a quite important innovation to see that the portable means of communication (mobile phone, tablet, etc.) may be now reviewed by the Commissioned Professionals to determine that whether they include any digital data in relation to the establishment, or not.

As per this provision, even the personal telephones of the company’s employees may be inspected to determine that whether they are used only for personal or business-related purposes. (For further information on the guidance, please see: https://www.rekabet.gov.tr/Dosya/kilavuzlar/yerinde-inceleme-kilavuz1-20201009091644514-pdf)