Founded by Russian tech maverick Pavel Durov, Telegram has been engaged in a long-running legal battle with security services over their demands for access to users’ online communications. Russia’s media regulator began enforcing a court order to block access to Telegram earlier this year, blacklisting millions of IP addresses.
“If Telegram receives a court order that confirms you’re a terror suspect, we may disclose your IP addresses and phone number to the relevant authorities,” reads Telegram’s new policy published Tuesday.
“So far, this has never happened,” the messenger said, adding that it would disclose such cases in a biannual transparency report.
“We’re not considering any requests from the Russian [security] services,” he wrote.