Information and internet access are controlled by some laws or regulations. Law No. 5651 is an effective and comprehensive regulation in this sense. The law, which entered into force on 4 May 2007 in order to prevent internet crimes, was renewed in March. The Law on 5651 numbered “Arrangement of Publications Made on the Internet and Fighting Crimes Processed Through These Publications” is keeping up with the constantly developing internet technology by multiplying its materials.
As technology grows, it must be renewed in its laws. Information and internet related precautions must be taken. For this reason, the enacted laws ensure that internet users are protected and detected in crimes and criminals.
What is Internet and Information Crimes?
Internet information crimes that cause people and institutions to suffer materially or morally damages can be a wide variety.
– Access to unauthorized computer systems and services
– To change, destroy or destroy computer systems
– Unauthorized use of prohibited software
– Publishing illegal content
– Pornographic publications and obscenity about children
– Blackmail, swearing and insults
Similar examples can be reproduced and all are criminal. Warning, closure, publication barriers, heavy imprisonment, and fines can result. Law No. 5651 contains protective substances for the prevention of these crimes, the protection of persons or institutions and the identification of criminals.
Obligations of the Law
The law introduces different obligations for content, location, access and collective use providers. The fulfillment of these obligations ensures that persons and institutions are protected from material and non-material damages
Obligations for Content Providers
Every content provider, from blogs to serious organizations, is at the same level responsible. It is the content provider’s obligation that the content published on the internet, and even the presentation of such content, is not in conflict with the law.
Obligations for Location Providers
Companies providing technical services, such as hosting companies, or providers who do not need these services, should not allow illegal activities, content, illegal publications, and provide technical facilities that provide grounds for these activities.
Obligations for Access Providers
The access provider is not responsible for the content, but is obliged to report content that is contrary to the law. It is the obligation of 5651 law to keep information and data about the access services provided for at least 6 months, to report and archive it historically and at the same time to ensure the confidentiality of these data.
Obligations for Collective Use Providers
Official or private institutions and organizations are obliged to take precautions for the content that can constitute a crime. Commercial collective use providers must also fulfill responsibilities such as permits and audits.
5651 Is it protecting privacy or is it blocking?
The law of 5651 obliges the following four substances to the institutions and organizations.
– Collect IP address logs (DHCP)
– store access information of internet users
– Filtering access content of users (URL Filtering)
– Protecting and historically archiving the confidentiality of data
Much has changed with this law. The 5651 law, which occupied the long agenda, led to the creation of headlines such as freedom of the internet and privacy. Although the obligations of Internet users to collect and store access information seem to prevent privacy, they actually aim to protect individuals, institutions and organizations while at the same time preventing Internet crimes.