“If Telegram receives a court order confirming that you are suspected of terrorism, we may disclose your IP address and your phone number to the competent authorities,” wrote Telegram in a recent update of its privacy policy, clarifying that it “never happened”.

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“We will consider any request of the Russian authorities and our privacy policy does not apply to the situation in Russia. We continue to resist”, was, however, keen to stress on Tuesday the co-founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov on this e-mail, after the Russian agency of control of telecom Roskomnadzor was eager to greet this relaxation.

7% of users in Russia

Mid-April, the Russian authorities ordered the blocking of Telegram, which has 200 million users (7% in Russia), as this application will not provide security services with the means to read users ‘ messages, which she refused. Telegram, however, has managed to circumvent this lock and generally remains accessible in Russia.

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The boss of Roskomnadzor, quoted by the news agencies, the Russian, had hailed this decision as “the first answer, after a long period of silence, the direction of the e-mail to the requirements of the anti-terrorism legislation of the Russian and the law on the organizers of the dissemination of information”, before being returned to the strings by Pavel Durov.

Less attractive for “terrorist propaganda”

On its website, Telegram states that the update of its privacy policy was made on August 14 to comply with the european law on data protection.”We recourions or not to this extent, it should make Telegram less attractive to those who engage in terrorist propaganda,” responded Pavel Durov.

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“It is to provide the IP addresses and phone numbers. The confidentiality of the correspondence remains as inviolable as it has always been,” said Pavel Tchikov, at the head of the NGO defence of Human rights, Agora, whose lawyers defend Telegram, from Russian news agencies.

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