Yemeksepeti finds itself in hot water
Recently, an online food ordering company called Yemeksepeti, that serves as a middleman between customers and restaurants across Turkey, released an infographic on the types of food ordered by the personnel of various Turkish newspapers. Titled, "Nutrition Dossier of Journalists," the infographic claims to share the five favorite types of food preferred by the headquarters of 13 Turkish newspapers. Sabah was also among the 13 listed, the sister newspaper of Daily Sabah.
Clichés such as "you are what you eat" and all banter about the food preferences of our colleagues aside, let us take a look at the heart of the matter. The infographic is a major violation of privacy rights as well as a manipulation of facts. For example, while the list dubs our building the Sabah headquarters, only a relatively small portion of personnel in the building actually work for the Sabah newspaper. Apart from Daily Sabah, there are more than 30 different media organizations that occupy the same building. Not to mention the fact that many of the personnel here order food directly from restaurants or eat at the nearby cafes or restaurants instead of ordering online.
Even if we disregard this as well, it remains a pure and simple fact that the company has violated the privacy rights of its customers with this infographic. It doesn't matter whether this violation affects a single person or a collective of people; Yemeksepeti abused the trust of its customers by releasing their information without prior consent. Considering previous criticisms raised against Yemeksepeti which included the distribution of customer phone numbers to local restaurants which led to cases of stalking, this company must remember of the importance of keeping private information confidential.