Telegram now reserves rights to sharing user’s IP address and phone number if court demands.
This change in policy was widely refuted by users across the world, and specifically in Russia, Iran, and other countries with authoritarian governments.
However, in the latest development to this, Telegram co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov told Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) that the change in policy would not result in turning over users’ data to intelligence agencies, but the company does discourage extremists from using the app.
This move from Telegram comes after a Moscow court ruled in April that regulators could block Telegram if the platform continues to refuse to turn over the encryption keys.
Further, Durov confirmed to RFE/RL that the policy change was sparked by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation, which came to effect earlier this year, that governs how Internet companies store and use personal data.