“So far, this has not happened,” the company said.
Telegram updated the privacy rules , adding the ability to disclose the data of its users suspected of terrorism. This is stated in paragraph 8.3. The section entitled Law Enforcement Authorities.
If Telegram receives a court order that confirms that you are suspected of terrorism, then we can disclose your IP address and telephone number to the relevant special services.
So far, such situations have not occurred. If such an event occurs, information about this will be published in the channel in a report published every six months.
Thus, Telegram stated that it issues data only by court decision and on specific users only if they are suspected of terrorist activities. According to the rules, Telegram does not intend to give the authorities encryption keys, as required by the Federal Security Service. In the official Telegram-channel with reporting there are no messages.
The lawyer of the international group “Agora” Pavel Chikov, who represents the interests of Telegram in court, called the changes in confidentiality rules a consequence of the FSB case against the company. In a conversation with the “Durov Code,” he stressed that this can not be called the result of negotiations with the authorities, since the messenger has long been fighting terrorism and blocking thechannels of the “Islamic state.”
We, as representatives of Telegram, have never denied the rights and even the authorities’ obligations to fight terrorism, on the contrary, they offered just such a civilized way – a judicial request in exchange for disclosure. And not even correspondence, but only IP and phone.
The balance of national security interests and privacy must be found. Telegram offers its own version. The FSB offered nothing.
Earlier in the rules of confidentiality Telegram it was stated that the messenger would not transfer “no bytes of personal data to third parties, including governments.” From the updated rules, such a point has disappeared.
In June 2017, Roskomnadzor introduced Telegram to the register of organizers of information distributors, using data from open access. Later, the FSB demanded that Telegram provide the keys to decrypt the messages, which, according to the official version, are needed to access the correspondence of the accused in the terrorist act in St. Petersburg. The company refused to do this. The court fined Telegram for 800 thousand rubles, and on April 13, 2018 blocked it on the territory of Russia.