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Telegram must deliver its encryption keys to the Russian Government

With nocturnality and treachery, as all the bombings arrive. Today is important if you use Telegram, and that is the…

Telegram must deliver its encryption keys to the Russian Government

With nocturnality and treachery, as all the bombings arrive. Today is important if you use Telegram, and that is the Supreme Court of Russia has ordered the company to deliver its encryption keys in case the Government of Vladimir Putin needed to read any conversation on Telegram . You read well, yes …

While WhatsApp has its pluses and minuses with the European Commission to share with Facebook the data of its users, now Telegram is the one that compromises the privacy of its entire user base after being breast-fed for a long time by the security of your service against the competition more direct

It should be remembered that Telegram is a private and encrypted instant messaging service of Russian origin , and although it is available at an almost global level, the truth is that in its country of origin it has a respectable base of almost 10 million users, to whom your Government wants to be able to spy if that were necessary in favor of national security.

Telegram must deliver its encryption keys to the Russian Government

Telegram must deliver its encryption keys to the Russian Government

A new cold war in the making?

The last events between Russian diplomacy and the countries that make up NATO they have done nothing but encourage the rumors that were already heard after the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House. A new cold war could be in the making, and the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats after the attack on the United Kingdom against the ex-spy Skripal is just one more episode.

And now this news comes, which makes it clear the intentions of Vladimir Putin’s government to monitor all communications within its borders , thus facilitating the work of their intelligence services. The ruling is final after losing Telegram its appeal to the Supreme Court of Russia, so its options are clear:

Telegram must comply with the sentence and give the Russian intelligence the keys of its encryption, it can also breach the law and face the consequences, or in any case its last option is to completely withdraw its service from Russia, its native country.

Telegram creates private and encrypted connections end-to-end among your users for them to communicate in a safe way, and precisely that is one of the options that the service had always presumed, forcing WhatsApp to adopt it several years later .

Telegram must deliver its encryption keys to the Russian Government

Telegram must deliver its encryption keys to the Russian Government

Will this sentence affect Telegram?

Already last year, ** the company had had to face a harsh sanction ** after denying the Russian Federal Security Service the encryption keys during an investigation of a suicide terrorist attack in its territory. This led the Government to enact some laws against terrorism very lax in terms of invading the privacy of Russian citizens are concerned , and from here the judicial process that today has been settled with the sentence of Judge Alla Nazarova against Telegram.

At least, the explanation of the Russian Federal Security Service leaves a door open to hope, and that is they argue that obtaining the encryption keys does not imply an invasion of privacy as such, since they could not be used to read conversations arbitrarily. Yet a court order would be required to access these transcripts , although obviously the process of obtaining this order and reading the conversations would be much simpler and quicker for the security services.

We will see how this setback affects the development of Telegram, the decisions they make in their native country and what will happen with your future cryptocurrency ‘Gram’ . For now, we are left with the words of the company’s lawyer :

The argument that encryption keys can not be considered private information defended by the Constitution is very clever. It’s like saying “I received a password from your email but I do not control your email, I just have the possibility to control it”.

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