According to the creator of the messenger, the new rules concern Western special services. Appeals from the Russian authorities are not considered.
According to Durov, Telegram adopted new rules to comply with the new European laws – the GDPR on the protection of user data.
As noted by Durov, these changes will not affect the blocking of Telegram in Russia for two reasons. Roskomnadzor and the FSB require access to reports, and the messenger is “outlawed”, so it does not cooperate with the Russian authorities.
In Russia, Telegram does not require a number and IP-address of terrorists by a court decision, but something fundamentally different – access to messages, and all users.
Therefore, we continue our resistance.
Changes in Telegram’s policy were noticed on August 28. The messenger’s management agreed to issue user data by court decision in specific cases only if they are suspected of terrorist activities. The company is not going to transfer keys to the authorities to encryption, as required by the FSB.