Russia files lawsuit to block Telegram


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Telegram’s battle with Russia’s authorities took a new turn today when state communications regulator Roskomnadzor started legal action aimed at limiting access to the app within the country.

As part of a so-called anti-terrorist bill proposed in 2016, Russian agencies such as the Federal Security Service (FSB) would be allowed access to encrypted messaging services, letting them search through user data.

Last year, the FSB demanded Telegram share its encryption keys, but the company refused and was hit with a $14,000 fine. Last month, Supreme Court Judge Alla Nazarova rejected Telegram’s appeal against the penalty and upheld the order.

Roskomnadzor said Telegram had 15 days to comply with its demands. That April 4 deadline has now passed, and the company still hasn’t handed over the keys, claiming that doing so would be a violation of user privacy. According to the BBC, the company said that the way the service is built means it can’t even access them.

Roskomnadzor has filed a lawsuit at Moscow court today “with a request to restrict access on the territory of Russia to the information resources of ... Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership.”

Telegram’s lawyer, Pavel Chikov, criticized the move, calling it “groundless.”

"The FSB's requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which cannot be fulfilled technically and legally,” he said, in a statement.

Telegram is the ninth-most-popular messaging app in the world, boasting over 200 million active users. It has a focus on privacy and encryption and is especially popular in locations such as the middle-east and Russia.

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Squid Surprise

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Hope they don't have anyone within access of Putin's goons, as they'll soon find out that Russia does not share the same constitutional freedoms that those in the Western World take for granted... Kudos to them for having the courage to stand up to Russia - not sure if it's a very bright idea....
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Uncle Al

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WAIT .... STOP THE PRESSES!!!!! Russia is actually going to try to work within the law? Say it ain't so .... say it ain't sooooooo ..........


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WAIT .... STOP THE PRESSES!!!!! Russia is actually going to try to work within the law? Say it ain't so .... say it ain't sooooooo ..........
Give it a month and the **** will hit the ceiling when russian government tries something else funny.
I wonder how many bridges and alliance pacts will russia-putin need to burn down before they actually start learning ?
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WTF?? How is this different from messaging apps being required to send their data to NSA?