Turkey’s highest court cancels compulsory security screening for public sector recruits

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled in favour of removing compulsory security checks for all recruits to public institutions which were imposed following a coup attempt in 2016, Artı Gerçek news site reported on Friday.

Some 116 lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) jointly applied to the court asking to cancel the requirement on the grounds that the practice violates basic rights and freedoms. 

Following the coup attempt, an amendment was made in the law that obliged potential employees to pass security enquiries without detailing how the enquiries and related archive research would be carried out. 

“The data obtained through security inquiries and archive research is personal information. Including questions on people’s private lives, obtaining, recording and using information on an individual’s private, professional and social life implies a restriction over the right to privacy,” the court said.