Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform - after Telegram refused to comply with requests that it hand over the encryption keys
Russia appears to be following through on its threat last year to block access to the Telegram encrypted messaging platform.
The BBC reports today that the Roskomnadzor media regulator has begun legal proceedings to block the app in the country, after Dubai-based Telegram refused to comply with requests that it hand over the encryption keys.
Telegram was given a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys, but the company has refused, explaining that the way the service is built means it has no access to them.
Russia's main security agency, the FSB, wants the keys so it can read messages and prevent future terror attacks in the country. In its court filing, Roskomnadzor said the legal action was related to the FSB request and Telegram's non-compliance with its legal requirements as a "distributor of information".
|Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform