Compliance with the Amended E-Commerce Legislation Guide
Authors: Ecem Süsoy Uygun, Merve Demirkaya, Nil Zeren Özdemir
The speed of developments in internet technologies has affected the functioning of many sectors and consumer habits in our country as well as all over the world. The increase in consumers’ online shopping habits and rapidly growing e-commerce platforms have changed the functioning of e-commerce in a short time. In the light of all these developments, considering the growth rate of e-commerce and the rapid transformation it has undergone, e-commerce legislation has undergone significant changes in order to reorganize e-commerce activities and to closely supervise the activities of actors in the sector.
Law No. 6563 on the Regulation of Electronic Commerce (E-commerce Law or Law) adopted in 2014 was amended by the Amendment Law published in July 2022. Subsequently, the Regulation on Electronic Commerce Intermediary Service Providers and Electronic Commerce Service Providers (E-commerce Regulation or Regulation) were published in December 2022. Although some of its provisions will enter into force on different dates, the new provisions, which entered into force as of January 1, 2023, stipulate important obligations for the actors in the e-commerce sector. Under the new provisions, unfair commercial practices in e-commerce are explicitly prohibited, e-commerce service providers and e-commerce intermediary service providers are classified according to their scale, their responsibilities are determined, certain e-commerce actors with a certain scale are obliged to obtain licenses, and important restrictions, especially to prevent unfair competition in e-commerce and to prevent anti-competitive practices are introduced.
Compliance with the new e-commerce legislation, which imposes separate obligations for each e-commerce actor, requires a elaborate and sensitive process. In this process, as Erdem & Erdem, we provide legal support to local and foreign e-commerce players to continue their activities in the sector in compliance with the new e-commerce legislation and aim to find answers to all questions that may arise in this matter. Therefore, we published our Compliance with the Amended E-Commerce Legislation Guide and pleased to share it with you.
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