Telegram to be blocked in Russian Federation

Telegram to be blocked in Russian Federation

Also on Tuesday, Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor officially warned Telegram that unless it complies with the FSB and the court's orders, its work on Russian territory could be blocked. This is because in order to actually collect data on any Telegram users, the agency would still have to obtain a court order.

Russia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal made by the London-based Telegram Messenger LLP against a ruling that would force the app to hand its users' encryption keys and chat histories over to the Federal Security Service or FSB, the country's primary security agency.

While Telegram has seen a blow in this situation, it plans to appeal the Supreme Court's decision, so this isn't over just yet. Its founder Pavel Durov had said that the FSB's demands violated the constitutional rights of Russian citizens to the privacy of correspondence.

He said that any move to block the app must be approved by a court. French authorities said it was used by IS radicals who killed a priest in Normandy.

The free instant messaging app, which lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people, has attracted more than 100 million users since its launch in 2013.

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Daniels, who is now in a high-profile legal battle with President Trump , addressed the relationship in a tweet on Tuesday. "Mr. Her response was marked inconclusive when it came to whether or not Trump offered her a spot on " The Apprentice ", though.

It is unclear whether the ruling could affect data from users outside Russian Federation.

Earlier the Supreme Court of Russian Federation rejected the lawsuit of the leadership of Telegram with the demand to recognize the order of the FSB that establishes the procedure of the providing of the keys for the decoding of the electronic messages of the users to the department as void. "Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy", Durov wrote.

Russian Federation adopted counter-terrorism legislation in 2016 obliging communications companies to store call logs and data for months, and to store it in local servers instead of overseas.

Privacy defenders warn that could give authorities broad range to crack down on dissent. Companies on the register must provide the FSB with information on user interactions.

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