Telegram: never shared data with anyone. So what’s going on in Germany?

Telegram has always claimed not to have never shared user information with third parties, including governments. Privacy and protection of personal data are considered essential values ​​by Pavel Durov, the number one of the instant messaging platform, and there is no request that can convince the company to disclose what circulates on the social network.

At least, that’s how it should be, and that’s how it always is been told. Apparently, however, things are different: Der Spiegel reveals in fact a close collaboration currently underway between Telegram and the German Criminal Police Officethrough which the first provides information to the second on the subject of child abuse and terrorism. It seems that the shared data is limited to these areas, while it would be “still difficult for German investigators to obtain information from Telegram“in cases where the requests of the institutions concern other crimes – see for example the increasingly widespread cases of sharing via an IPTV resource platform to watch sport for free.


To date, we have shared 0 bytes of user data with third parties, including all governments“, says Telegram – and the harsh clash with the Kremlin in 2018 is tangible proof of this. Yet, it seems that now the opposite is happening. For many years, the German police have asked the platform about the chats behind which criminal characters are hiding. , without ever receiving an answer. Now things seem to have changed, but Telegram denies and states: “everything is as before“. What then, in reality, everything as before cannot be, since already in 2018 Durov had changed the terms on privacy opening the platform to greater collaboration with the police forces of the various countries in the event that an explicit request is formulated. To date, however, questions of this type would never have formally arrived. Under the radar, however, things are different, and Durov denies it.

The CEO also recently had a telephone meeting with the German Ministry of the Interior: a friendly chat, it was defined, in which both sides stressed the importance of collaborate to track down criminal groups operating on (and through) Telegram. There is even a specially created email address through which German institutions notify the platform whenever criminal content is identified.

The hoped-for opening does not exist publicly, but it does exist. Yet it is still not enough to ensure that the government can intervene on time to stop extremist groups. To date, 3,000 channels and far-right groups with which the ideology of conspiracy and terrorist-based content are disseminated are monitored in Germany alone. This, however, is not enough, and there is a demonstration of it fine of 55 million euros on the head of Telegram which has repeatedly refused to pay.

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