Customer approval will be required for online shopping by August 17 based on the decision by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK). Customers may choose to ban their credit cards from online shopping as well. The experts state that measures are very timely, and that it is time for consumers to take responsibility, however, virus and internet security programs need to be extended nationwide.
Prof. Dr. Hakan Yetkiner, Lecturer, Department of Economics, Izmir University of Economics, reminded that the internet was an essential part of our lives, and he said, “We started to use internet in every aspect of our lives. Increasing transaction capacity of smart phones caused use of internet to become more mobilized. The percentage of shopping over the internet reached 34.1% last year. Moreover, the security flaws in a world connected to each other over the internet reached a global scale. Starting from August 17, 2017, customer approval will be required for online shopping. BBDK expects consumers to take responsibility for trading losses that might occur as a result of internet shopping”.
Prof. Dr. Yetkiner reported that there were approximately 176 million debit cards and credit cards in Turkey, and he said sharing the responsibility was a correct decision however; this measure alone was not enough to make internet shopping more secure. “Of course, this measure will protect a group of card holders from internet dangers whose credit cards are authorized to internet shopping without their consent. Moreover, it would cause users who authorized their cards for online shopping to be more alert. Public enterprises, Information and Communication Technologies Authority, particularly, have to take preventive measures. In this regard, it is important to increase the use of virus and internet security programs, and the measures against the use of pirated software, music, and films,” said Prof. Dr. Yetkiner.