The time of encrypted correspondence in Russia ended, because the application refused to apply the anti-terrorism laws introduced in 2016. The developers of the Telegram application opposed it, and the Russian government’s countermeasures were banning this application in their own country.
This is a case of banning the Telegram application is not unique. What is regarded in European countries as human rights is not welcome in Communist China or in Turkey. Exceptions have also been joined by Russia, where the rules of supervision of all online activities apply, which means that the authorities monitor everything that citizens do on the Internet to the smallest detail.
This development of the situation does not coincide with the business policy of Telegram, which was established by Rus Pavel Durov. Although the company has its headquarters in Germany, its services are far more popular in less democratic countries. It’s a Snapchat messaging service, in which the message is deleted after a while (Viber and Messenger also have this option), but Telegram’s services do not really save the deleted content. The Russian authorities, however, demanded that they get access to the data of users who use the application on a daily basis.
They alluded to the aforementioned anti-terrorism law, but the developers constantly refused to cooperate. The result is a complete ban on this application in Russia, which is not the first case. Turkish authorities banned all social networks because they were not able to put them under their control. There are no Facebook in China, but Weibó is using it instead. According to Chinese laws, data from Chinese users must be stored on Chinese servers run by Chinese companies.
And Apple has encountered this problem, but so far they have managed to cope with the struggle to protect their users. Such is the law and these are the rules that must be respected, says Tim Cook. That’s true. Companies from the western part of the world must reconcile themselves with the fact that the laws are above all and that in the case of less democratic states, they will have to give up even from their principles.
Telegram was established in 2013. His developers left Russia and opened their seat in Berlin after Putin’s administration nationalized the Russian social network vkontakte.com (which was also owned by Pavel Durov). Telegram servers are hidden in the UK, where Russian authorities have no access. Telegram was created just as a safe place for its users, but it is eventually banned.
Source: The Verge