The Use of Digital Monitoring Technologies (Cookies) in Turkish, Romanian and Russian Internet Journalism: Comparative Privacy and Practice Criterion

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Turkish Studies - Social Sciences , vol.15, no.4, pp.2171-2185, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Cookies which exist in digital media for twenty years and have not yet revealed their existence, have begun to raise serious doubt in the community regarding the protection of personal data. This is a search for a new security model that sets borders out by expecting transnational privacy concept within the digital transformation of Internet journalism users accompanied by thesemonitoring technologies. In this study, the use of digital monitoring technologies (Cookies) in Turkish, Romanian and Russian Internet journalism is analyzed. However, the underlying factors behind the reassessment of the level of privacy that digital monitoring technologies can use as a principal element of digital security policy constitute the concrete frame of study with an example of a survey that demonstrates the extent to which Internet users are advocated for self-determination together with evaluation of“Cookies Create Boomerang Effect”. The literature and concept review used in the study, quantitative and qualitative research methods have made it possible to conduct an intercultural comparative evaluation of the concept of digital privacy, which interacts with internet journalism-digital monitoring technologies.As a result of the research, it has been found that the owners of the internet news sites partially accept the consumer demand, provided that the internet users reserve the right to protect their individual privacy. While half of the Turkish news sites examined in this study do not share complete information about the use of cookies, it has been determined that privacy and cookie policies are important in Romanian digital journalism. Most Russian news sites only share their privacy policies with registered users. Based on the data obtained as a result of the study, it has been revealed that Turkish, Romanian and Russian Internet users benefit from these policies as much as they have the right to self-determination. While meeting the needs of autonomy, competence and commitment, which explains the right to self-determination, is seen in Romanians, it can be described as “satisfactory” in Turks and in Russian, it is a situation where inadequacies are met in meeting these needs.