Is Telegram Sharing User Data with Government Agencies?

Telegram’s website states that a disclosure of user data to government agencies “has never happened.” However, a recent investigation in Germany claims that Telegram is actively sharing user data with government agencies and also censoring content.

Telegram is a very popular secure messaging app with over 500 million users worldwide. Many people trust the service to provide a private communication platform that is safe from prying eyes. However, an investigation out of Germany suggests that Telegram is sharing user data with government agencies.

The report conducted by Der Spiegel in Germany 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.

From Der Spiegel (Google translate):

Contrary to what has been publicly stated so far, the operators of the messenger app Telegram have released user data to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in several cases. According to SPIEGEL information, this was data from suspects in the areas of child abuse and terrorism. In the case of violations of other criminal offenses, it is still difficult for German investigators to obtain information from Telegram, according to security circles.

– Der Spiegel report

According to Der Spiegel, it was not always easy for government agencies to acquire data from Telegram. However, the recent change marks an “about-face” for the company.

The fact that Telegram provides information about users to authorities at all marks at least a cautious about-face in the course of

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