The Turkish Competition Authority announces its decision to launch a fully-fledged investigation against Big Tech companies (Facebook / WhatsApp)

Introduction The Competition Board recently announced its decision [1] to launch a fully fledged investigation, ex officio, against Facebook Inc, Facebook Ireland Ltd, WhatsApp Inc and WhatsApp LLC (together, 'Facebook') in order to assess whether they had violated Article 6 of Law 4054 on the Protection of Competition. Moreover, the Competition Board imposed an interim measure against WhatsApp pursuant to Article 9 of Law 4054 after WhatsApp amended its terms of use and privacy policy to require its users to share data with other Facebook companies [2]. Background information In its decision, the Competition Board provided a general overview of the investigated parties and their practices before delving into a substantial assessment. WhatsApp Inc was established in 2009 in the

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  • ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
  • ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
  • ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)

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Gönenç Gürkaynak, Eda Duru, Betül Baş Çömlekçi, The Turkish Competition Authority announces its decision to launch a fully-fledged investigation against Big Tech companies (Facebook / WhatsApp), 11 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 100031

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