Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram Messaging, said his company is willing to help any country in its investigations of terrorist attacks or almost all, as there is a country that is not given this luxury: Russia.
In fact, the new Telegram privacy settings allow investigators with a court order to obtain application user privacy data in the investigation.
«If we receive a court order that a user is suspected of terrorism, we may disclose the address IP and his telephone number to the authorities. So far, this has not happened. If in the future such a case arises, the process that we will follow will be highly transparent, "says Pavel Durov.
The information to be provided to the competent authorities of the States in the event of a request will comply with the requirements of the European Regulation GDPR.
The Telegram was banned in Russia within 2018 after Durov's refusal to provide local intelligence organizations with access to user talks. Note, of course, that blocking can be easily bypassed with VPN applications and similar services.
"Russia had basically asked the Telegram to access all users' messages and not just their phone numbers or IP addresses. As expected, we could not agree to this request, "the founder of the application said.