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Durov on the transfer of personal data of Telegram users by court order

According to the creator of the messenger, the new rules concern Western special services. Appeals from the Russian authorities are not considered.

Pavel Durov commented on the change in the privacy policy of Telegram, according to which the company can disclose the data of its users suspected of terrorism. He told about this in his official channel.

According to Durov, Telegram adopted new rules to comply with the new European laws – the GDPR on the protection of user data.

In the privacy policy, we reserve the right to transfer the IP-address and telephone number of terrorists to the relevant services by a court decision. Regardless of whether we ever use this right, such a measure should make Telegram less attractive for those who are engaged in sending out terrorist propaganda here.

Pavel Durov
the creator of Telegram

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.

Telegram in Russia is outlawed; Every day hundreds of IP addresses are blocked in attempts to stop access to the service. In this regard, we do not consider any calls from Russian services, and our privacy policy does not concern the situation in Russia.

Therefore, we continue our resistance.

Pavel Durov
the creator of Telegram

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.

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