The Russian government requested a Telegram encryption key

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The Telegram app known as one of the safest encrypted message senders gets bad news from its home country.

The application, created by Pavel Durov, was asked by Russia's Supreme Court of Appeal to hide the encryption key of the system to the local government, which means that all of its user conversations can be read by the key holder.


This is contrary to the priority of this digital application service, which is maintaining the privacy of its users. The request came from a suspected party, the Russian defense and intelligence agency known as the KGB.

The Russian government's move is seen as the aftermath of Vladimir Putin's re-election as head of state as well as signing a policy to prevent and combat acts of terrorism that may occur and be planned through the application.


It was rumored that Telegram had challenged the decision, but Chief Justice Court Judge Alla Nazarova rejected an appeal filed by Telegram and decided to give me 15 days to immediately provide a key encryption to the Russian government.

Obviously this position is dizzying for Telegram, an app that in its home country has 9.5 million users. And Telegram is faced with having to submit an encryption key.

The KGB party itself has an argument, having an encryption key is not a privacy violation. The KGB claims that they only hold it and will not use it, they will use it only with prior permission issued by the court or the supreme court.

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