Telegram: inside the pirate’s cove


Rory O'Neill

Telegram: inside the pirate’s cove

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It’s the messaging service for people who value privacy above all else. What does Telegram’s privacy policy mean for copyright owners? Rory O’Neill reports.

Last September, WIPR reported on an Italian police investigation into groups on the instant messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram, via which up to 500,000 people were accessing copies of Sardinian newspaper L’Unione Sarda without paying.

Police were able to secure the cooperation of WhatsApp with relative ease, La Repubblica reported—but not Telegram’s.

Telegram was founded by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov in 2013 and offers a similar service to WhatsApp’s. Telegram’s USP is its emphasis on privacy and security—it’s the messaging service for people who don’t want authorities or hackers to know what they’re saying.

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