JOURNAL OF ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY LAW FACULTY-HUKUK FAKULTESI MECMUASI, cilt.75, ss.115-158, 2017 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
The main purpose of conducting widespread surveillance activities such as monitoring communications via telecommunications, retaining internet connection records, and placing cameras in public areas is to prevent increasing terrorist incidents in the United Kingdom and Turkey both. The safeguards for the right to respect for private life which are stipulated by surveillance laws should be pro-portionate and should prevent arbitrariness in accordance with the rule of law. In this sense, it is essential that the oversight mechanisms for security servies should also be operated in a democratic and effective manner. This study, which will emphasise the similar, different and incomplete aspects of surveillance regimes in the UK and Turkey, aims to present the fragile balance between the fight against terror and the protection of private life.