Russian court orders ban on Telegram app

Russian court orders ban on Telegram app

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.

The right to ban the messaging app followed Telegram's failure to give Russian security service the ability to access users' encrypted messages.

"Telegram will use built-in methods to bypass the block, which do not require additional steps from users, but the company can not give 100% guarantee of service availability without VPN".

Though Telegram has formal appeal rights, the court ruled with a sense of urgency, allowing the Roskomnadzor to take immediate action against the company.

The Guardain newspaper compared the ban to "Chinese-style" internet censorship and also said that there is no clarity as of now on how Russian Federation would block the app technically. "[Russia has] demonstrated again and again that the court system is devoted to serving the interests of the authorities", Chikov said on his Telegram channel.

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A Russian court has ordered a block on access to the Telegram messaging app - with the block coming into force immediately, according to the BBC.

With a court ruling, Roskomnadzor is set to include Telegram in a list of banned internet resources and will order the country's communications providers to restrict access.

Telegram has been subject to blocks before in other countries, most notably Iran and Indonesia.

Privacy-focused messaging app Telegram today was banned in Russian Federation for once again refusing to turn over its encryption keys to government authorities.

The court's ruling came out of a lawsuit filed by Roskomnadzor, a state communications watchdog.

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Roskomnadzor had threatened to block Telegram if it failed to comply with its data law. In 2016, the Kremlin supported a sweeping anti-terrorism law that required authorities to be given backdoor access to encrypted applications. He added, however, that he still can not guarantee that Telegram users will retain access to the messenger without using VPNs.

Certain implementations of Telegram, such as the mobile app, are more hard to cut off than others.

As a result, the app was blocked for a few weeks by the Iranian government.

"There is a certain legislation that demands certain data to be passed to certain services of the Russian Federation", he said.

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