A POPULAR Russian messaging app used by ISIS terrorists has been blocked by a court following demands by authorities to share its encryption data. The ban is the result of a protracted row between Telegram and Russian officials, who insist they need access to encryption keys to investigate terror attacks. The regulator sought to block the app after the firm refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. Security officials say they need the information to monitor potential terrorist activity. Telegram is a popular messaging app developed by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov. The company argues the FSB, Russia’s main security agency, is violating consumer rights. But authorities insist that the app has become the messenger of choice for “international terrorist organisations in Russia”. According to court documents, media regulator Roskomnadzor claims Telegram had failed to comply with its legal requirements as a “distributor of information”. However, Telegram’s lawyer Pavel Chikov said attempts to stop the app being used in Russia are “groundless”. He said: “The FSB’s requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which cannot be fulfilled technically and legally.” The Supreme Court last month threw out an appeal by Telegram against the… Read full this story
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