Telegram app now GDPR-compliant as Apple approves update amid Russian Federation friction

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As of today, Apple finally approved the updated version of the said app. Pavel Durov, Telegram's CEO, announced the good news through his Twitter account. Since a lot of its users reside in the EU, Telegram obviously needed to make sure that it was able to abide by the updated laws. Telegram said this demand was impossible to comply with technically, since the keys are stored on user devices. The FSB wanted the keys to help it intercept conversations between certain individuals and groups. Russian Federation banned the app after Durov refused to have over encryption keys that would allow the government to view user messages.

The developers of the messenger then declared sabotage by Apple.

In his post explaining why some of Telegram's features weren't working properly with iOS 11.4, Durov said that Apple blocked the company from updating its iOS app "ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store".

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Since the block, Russian users have flocked to VPN services to continue using Telegram. He thanked the company for allowing the latest version of the app to be available to its millions of users. If the ban were to become permanent, Telegram would grow unsafe over time as the company would be unable to patch security flaws discovered in its network.

An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on April 17, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon of the popular messaging app Telegram on a smart phone screen. Because of that, it can inspect, approve or deny each version of an app.

Despite widespread protests, Russian Federation has refused to reinstate access to the popular messaging service.

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Telegram is a free download from the App Store.

As for why the ban occurred in the first place, it likely had something to do with Russia's decision to block the app's use in the country in April. "The story about 300 Spartans fighting to protect the freedom of their compatriots will inspire people thousands of years from now".

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