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Telegram shares your data with Federal Police 2022

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Telegram shares your data with Federal Police 2022, according to the Spiegel newspaper.

Telegram who are located in Dubai, are supposedly providing the German Federal Criminal Police Office with user information in several cases, contradicting the company’s statements about complying with law enforcement.

According to a report from the journal "Spiegel", claims that Telegram has shared user information on several occasions.

Now here is the shit, there are around 500 million active users aound the world and atleast 1.1 + million of them located in Brazil.

What else is interesting is that there has been no formal third-party audits, so how secure is it really?

However the company claims:

"Secret chats use end-to-end encryption, thanks to which we don’t have any data to disclose."

“To protect the data that is not covered by end-to-end encryption, Telegram uses a distributed infrastructure. Cloud chat data is stored in multiple data centers around the globe that are controlled by different legal entities spread across different jurisdictions. The relevant decryption keys are split into parts and are never kept in the same place as the data they protect. As a result, several court orders from different jurisdictions are required to force us to give up any data.”

“Thanks to this structure, we can ensure that no single government or block of like-minded countries can intrude on people’s privacy and freedom of expression. Telegram can be forced to give up data only if an issue is grave and universal enough to pass the scrutiny of several different legal systems around the world.”

Since 2018, if not earlier, the company has been moving towards a state of functional compliance with various Western governments. A privacy policy change in 2018 allowed for the disclosure of IP addresses and phone numbers if required by a court.

Germany is most likely one step ahead of the United States in legally restricting speech and surveilling innocent citizens.

NOTE:

Telegram stores all your contacts, groups, media, and every message you’ve ever sent or received in plaintext on their servers. Basically, what you see, Telegram also sees !

Give it a try for yourself:

If you want to test this out: Delete Telegram and install it on another smartphone, guess what you will see all your conversation history, all of your contacts, all the media you’ve shared and all of your groups.

The other problem is that you need to give Telegram full access to everything.

Their transparency report shows: = 0

All this information is being held tight and they are trying to no disclose anything, that might make htem loose users, but for fuck sake, get out of there now !

Telegram has even set up an email address specifically for the BKA.

Telegram is threatened with fines of up to 55 million euros due to two fine proceedings by the Federal Office of Justice. The authority accuses the Messenger of violations of the German Network Enforcement Act.

So it would make sense that they would comply.

The report conducted by Der Spiegel argues that Telegram has an active and ongoing data-sharing relationship with the country’s Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt or BKA). Der Spiegel claims there are “several cases” of Telegram sharing user data with authorities.

Telegram history shows security leaks and worse:

2018 - Security researcher Dhiraj Mishra discovered that Telegram's desktop app was leaking both public and private IP addresses during voice calls due to its peer-to-peer framework. News18.com.

2020 - Telegram’s built-in contact import feature was exploited to leak the personal data of millions of users onto the Dark Web. First noticed by Kod.ru.

2021 - Telegram surged in popularity in 2021 after WhatsApp announced changes to its privacy policy, that would allow it to share information with parent company Meta.

2022 - Telegram has been sharing user data for years with authorities, according to Spiegel.

Besides this: One-time login passwords conveyed by SMS have been intercepted by hackers in Iran, Russia, Brazil and the German authorities.

Telegram "known" security vulnerabilities:

Think twice before using this "FREE" WhatsApp alternative service.

Based on Der Spiegel’s report, there are two types of cooperation going on between the German government and Telegram:

Cooperation to provide user data. This data may include the IP addresses and phone numbers of Telegram users, as detailed in Telegram’s Privacy Policy. With this type of data, government agencies could easily identify Telegram users and potentially prosecute them for whatever they have been doing on Telegram to attract attention.

Cooperation to restrict content. This could come in the form of restricting or blocking certain channels deemed offensive, dangerous or “illegal” by government bodies.

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz laws basically allow the government to force social media platforms to censor, delete, or block any content that they deem to be illegal within 24 hour or face big fines.

I would recommend considering all your other options before signing up to this service. I know most ofo you don't care because it will not happen to "you", yeah right. This is what every citizen thinks until they get caught doing something they shouldn't be doing.

The postivite parts:

  • End-to-end (E2E) encryption
  • Encryption algorithms: MTProto, a custom protocol
  • Open source apps and Telegram Database Library
  • Self-destructing messages ( Same as WhatsApp and Signal has )
  • Users can be logged in on multiple devices simultaneously
  • Supports Two-Step Verification
  • GDPR compliant

The negatives:

  • Registration requires a phone number.
  • E2E encryption only for Secret Chats.
  • Servers are not open source.
  • Logs IP Address and other user data (use a good VPN service).
  • Most likely sharing data with government agencies.

Telegram comes in desktop versions as well for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Businesses do need to comply with the laws in the countries where they are based and you as a user need to take that into consideration, before you enter into an agreement.

I recommend you dump this Telegram app, then download and install Signal app instead.

 

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