Feb 17 2018

Private medical data sold to Turkish politician - MP

An opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) politician has said that the courts vindicated his claim that a politician bought information from Turkey’s Social Security Database by throwing out a libel suit against him, secularist newspaper Sözcü said.

Özgür Özel had been taken to court by Burhan İsen, a former Motherland Party (ANAP) parliamentarian, after saying on television that İsen’s company Datamed had bought citizens’ private data from the government.

“We were shown to be right,” Özel said. “It has been documented by Supreme Court decision that personal data and patients’ private information was sold by the Social Security Institution to a former parliamentarian’s company.”

“Patients’ private information was sold for 65,000 liras,” he added.

Özel’s words had been substantiated in court by a report from the Court of Accounts, the newspaper said.