Telegram Has Handed Over User Data To Governments Despite Its Claims Of No Sharing

User privacy and security have always been trending topics in today’s world of technology.

Let’s face the reality, no one wants their data stored and shared with third-party sources without any consent being provided beforehand.

And while so many leading messaging apps have now turned to end-end encryption which makes sure the data is scrambled or decoded in a way that renders it obsolete, there’s more to the story than just that.

A new report has highlighted a popular Dubai-based messaging app called Telegram which says that regardless of encryption or no encryption of messaging, it always stands to protect its users’ data.

The company once mentioned that even if they do receive government requests, they need to pass a series of special requirements before the firm could actually give in and provide the data. Moreover, the app says it has never ever accepted such a request but a new report is speaking otherwise.

Der Spiegel was recently caught mentioning in a recent report how the app may be making too big of a promise to its users that it can’t keep. And that’s because they’ve actually gone as far as giving data to the German police in regards to a number of criminal matters that were related to both terrorism and child abuse.

If you go to the app’s website, its FAQs boldly claim that the app is yet to pass on any bytes of information to higher authorities or any other third parties. Meanwhile, the firm’s privacy policy which was last received an upgrade in 2018, showed how it can only present data whenever it is faced with a situation that entails terrorism warrants and charges related to that.

Moreover, the app has even gone as far as mentioning how it would go about releasing reports on a semi-annual basis in regards to any disclosure. But in reality, it is yet to do so.

For a long while now, the app has been under pressure by the German Government to show some level of cooperation with their ongoing investigations and legal proceedings in regard to terrorist groups.

The German authorities claim there are a growing number of extremists making use of the platform to spread terror and carry out their operations successfully. But the app has already tried to combat the great threats that it’s usually faced. Be it group bans or increasing its own actions.

In 2018, we saw Russia put a similar sort of pressure on the app when it refused to surrender data under the country’s anti-terrorism regulations. But then in the year 2020, we saw the app combine with the Kremlin and reach a consensus about the app coming back to Russia and functioning with greater enforcement throughout its entire platform.

We think it’s a great step to see the app give users in Russia an uncensored version of the ongoing war in Ukraine, despite the country’s government banning sentiments that it felt were not aligning with patriotism.

Nevertheless, many users are fearing how much data has already been shared by the platform with governments and how long this might continue undercover.

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