Apple Falls Between The Russian Authorities And Telegram App

Apple Falls Between The Russian Authorities And Telegram App

Apple is no longer complying with a Russian ban on Telegram and is now providing an updated version of the popular messaging service through its App store for iPhone users, Telegram said. That is, until now. When you think about it, Apple is impacting people who use the Telegram iOS app all over the world with this decision.

This post was syndicated from Digital Trends. If it does not approve an updated version of the software, it can not be distributed through the App Store.

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Obviously, since this app is a secured messaging app where privacy is a huge concern, the company never responded back to the request.

In a curious coincidence of timing, Telegram was banned in Russia in April after the company refused to hand over encryption keys to the Russian government.

Earlier this year, the federal agency in Russian Federation responsible for censoring communications, Roskomnadzor, won court approval to ban Telegram. "We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country".

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Without an update, not all Telegram features worked on the latest iPhone software, and Telegram also said it was running afoul of new European data privacy laws.

"As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for our EU-users by the deadline of May 25, 2018. We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation".

Launched in 2013, "Telegram" was invented by Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network "VKontakte" and left Russian Federation in 2014.

Governments have stepped up pressure on technology companies to more actively police content in more forms, including apps.

It appears that this message had its coveted impact, as Apple has now clearly permitted the main iOS Telegram update in months. The agency then sent letters to Apple and Google demanding that the app be removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store.

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