It's been a few months since Russia banned the popular encrypted Telegram communications app across the country. And while you might think that such a ban would only affect telegram users in the Kremlin-run nation, that was not the case. Since the nationwide ban Apple Telegram has allegedly prohibited to make updates to its services. That's up to now. Apparently, Apple has finally given in and allowed the app to break through updates that make it compatible with the new data protection laws of the DSGVO.
Telegram boss Pavel Durov tweeted both Apple and its CEO Tim Cook on Friday and thanked both Twitter users for "delivering the latest version of @telegram to millions of users, despite recent setbacks."
̵1; Pavel Durov (@durov) June 1, 2018
These setbacks first began in mid-April with the Russian Prohibition of App. The government noted that the app refused to grant the Kremlin access to encryption keys that would grant access to Telegram's user data to the country's Federal Security Service (FSB). Once this ban was implemented, American technology companies (including Apple) had to pull the app out of their app stores. In fact, Russia apparently sent a letter to Apple a few days ago requesting the company to cancel telegrams within a month or to get legal consequences.
But apparently Apple has given telegram grief even before the ban
"Apple has prevented Telegram from globally updating its iOS apps since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove telegrams from the App Store," Durov said yesterday in a public telegram message. "While Russia accounts for only 7 percent of Telegram's user base, Apple has been limiting updates to all Telegram users worldwide since mid-April."
Fortunately, this message seems to have the desired effect, as Apple now apparently allowed the first iOS telegram update in months
This does not mean, of course, that Telegram's woes are over. They are still involved in a legal dispute with the Russian authorities, and it is not clear when Russian users will be able to access the app again. We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.