Telegram is not that good at protecting your privacy

The messenger developers do hand out your IP and telephone number, police reveals
Telegram is not that good at protecting your privacy

18.Sep.23 5:25 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
Photo Telegram

The Dutch police claim to have the ability to request phone numbers on Telegram that users are trying to keep secret. This capability contradicts the promise made by the messaging app to its users.

This information comes from documents released by the police leadership following a request under the Dutch Freedom of Information Act, as reported by BNR. The disclosed documents contain instructions that enable police personnel to urgently request IP addresses and phone numbers from Telegram.

"A request is eligible if there is an immediate and life-threatening danger," writes a police employee. These instructions were distributed in December of last year and include a form bearing the logo of the messaging service.

Telegram asserts that it highly values user privacy and claims in its privacy policy to have "never" shared personal data with law enforcement agencies. However, this promise has been in doubt for some time. The German Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt) announced last year that they had successfully requested personal data from the messaging service.

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