Telegram made concessions to security services

29 August 2018
According to the new version of Telegram Privacy Policy, user data may be released to law enforcement agencies if there is a court order to do so. The grounds for such an order could be a user's suspected involvement in terrorist activities. However, it is not about the content of users' correspondence. Due to the technical features of the messenger, it remains beyond the reach of law enforcement agencies. Only the telephone number and IP address of the devices from which the messages were sent are subject to disclosure. Nevertheless, despite concessions from the developer, the Telegram messenger is still "illegal" in Russia. Hundreds of IP addresses are blocked daily by Roskomnadzor in an attempt to disrupt the work of the messenger. The reason for this is that the authorities need direct access to users' correspondence, which they have not received, and are unlikely to receive.