Moscow orders for the immediate ban of Telegram in Russia

Moscow orders for the immediate ban of Telegram in Russia

After months of back-and-forth between Telegram and Russia's telecommunications watchdog, a court in Moscow has ruled for the immediate ban of the messaging app in Russia.

Russia in 2016 implemented a sweeping anti-terror law that mandated all messaging services to provide authorities with the means to decrypt messages. Telegram had until April 4 to hand over the encryption keys used to scramble messages, but the deadline was missed with Telegram claiming the the service was built in a way preventing the company itself from obtaining the keys.

Moscow’s Tagansky court Friday approved a request from Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications watchdog, for the country-wide block of Telegram. The ban is expected to come into effect once Telegram has appealed the decision over the next month, the BBC reports.

The messaging service is one of the most popular in Russia and in the Middle East, with Telegram claiming over 200 million active users in these regions. When the ban is enacted, Telegram's domains and IP addresses will likely be blocked by Russian internet providers. The possibility of using the service over VPN will still remain.

via BBC

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5 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I don't know about other countries, but in my country , the regulatory authority for electronic communications orders all the carriers and ISPs to keep everything in their servers ( calls, messages, most popular messaging apps transactions and data , sites you visit etc) for two years. Police and government can be granted the right to access specific data if there are suspicions. They even eavesdrop many conversations without having a warrant, dayli. And we are supposed to be a democratic country in Europe....

2. IT-Engineer

Posts: 416; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Yes but the data from such services as telegram is encrypted and cannot be used without the decryption key.

3. afrohoxha

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yes, fortunately. Unfortunately very few people here use it. And most seem to settle with whatever privacy breach , police or government comes with. I hope Russians raise the voice in this case and if they win in Russia , there wouldn't be any intimidation felt in other countries. It will be a win win for everyone

4. HumBHOldt

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 30, 2018

Myself and friends have all switched to Telegram over WhatsApp in the US over 3yrs ago now and couldn't be happier. Life's not always about being on the ""popular" app to us in Humboldt County but about security and our privacy

5. Dadler22

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Smart. I stopped using what'sapp as soon as fb acquired it. Based on current events that was pretty smart

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