(Feb. 8, 2021) Changes announced on January 6, 2021, by the popular instant messaging service WhatsApp conditioning its use on consenting to the transfer of certain user data to other Facebook companies appears to have caused widespread and severe criticism among its Turkish customer base. Media reports indicate that, as a result of the announcement, approximately 2 million Turkish users have abandoned the app to download alternatives, including local messaging applications. At least one Turkish data protection expert has condemned WhatsApp’s move as “domineering,” pointing out that WhatsApp’s new policy is not applicable in the European Union (EU), where the data of users are protected under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The controversy has prompted the Turkish Competition Authority and Personal Data Protection Authority to launch a probe into whether the changes in the policy violate Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition and Law No. 6698 on the Protection of Personal Data.