Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Russian Federation has banned the wildly popular homegrown Telegram messaging app

Alexander Scherbak  TASS Alexander Scherbak TASS
Terence Owen | 14 April, 2018, 04:44

The ban comes after a protracted dispute between Telegram and Russian authorities, who insist they need access to the encryption keys to investigate serious crimes, including terrorist attacks. It appears now that the promise is coming true because a Moscow court has officially issued a ban on the secure messaging application.

"The FSB's requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which can not be fulfilled technically and legally", said Pavel Chikov, Telegram's lawyer. Telegram has refused to comply with the demands, citing respect for user privacy.

Telegram has been utilized by ISIS and its supporters, whatever the company claiming to have closed down many pro-ISIS channels.

The Russian court's decision to block Telegram can hurt the company since it is a relatively popular app and can be accessed on mobile devices as well as desktops.

Telegram then filed a lawsuit with the Russian Supreme Court in an attempt to declare the FSB order and resulting fine invalid, which was overturned on the 20th of March this year.

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The ban on access to information will be in force until the FSB's demands are met on providing keys for decrypting user messages.

Telegram, which was developed by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, argues that Russia's FSB intelligence service is violating consumer rights, while authorities say the app has been used by violent extremists.

The Russian communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, told Telegram in mid-2017 that it had to hand over the keys to users' encrypted conversations. Its closure led to a slightly surreal situation, in which Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov arranged a press conference call using the app and then announced that they would start using a different app to contact reporters.

"Telegram is very convenient, we really use it, including for communication with journalists, it will be very unfortunate if there is no consensus, as far as we understand, it has not yet been found". However, Russia bans Telegram even though its officials use it regularly.

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