Turkish telecommunication regulatory body TİB shut down with decree

Published 17.08.2016 00:00
Updated 17.08.2016 11:21

The government has shut down Turkey's Presidency of Telecommunication and Communication, also known as the TİB, under a statutory decree as part of the current state of emergency, according to the official gazette on Wednesday.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said: "TİB's powers, responsibilities, staff and its whole technical possibilities will be transferred to the Information and Communication Technologies Authority."

The TİB was supposed to be an independent regulatory body, but according to Turkish officials, the institution had become "a mole hole" at the hands of members of FETÖ, an observation which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also voiced repeatedly in the past few years.

The central surveillance authority, established as part of the telecommunication authority in 2005, was responsible for determination of communications made by any telecommunication network, evaluation of signal information, recordings, and also oversaw the implementation of the country's website blocking laws.

According to the gazette, such activities would now be carried out by the Information and Communication Technology Authority, also known as ICTA, another state institution.

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