July 3, 2022

What you need to know

  • Telegram has reportedly surrendered user data to German authorities in certain occasions.
  • These data requests from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office involved terror and child abuse cases.
  • Telegram apparently ignored some requests involving other types of criminal cases.

Telegram is one of the best messaging apps that prides itself on upholding user privacy under normal circumstances. However, the service has bowed to pressure from German federal investigators and turned over user data in cases involving terrorism and child abuse, according to a new report.

According to Der Spiegel (opens in new tab), Telegram has submitted to several data requests from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office. These requests concerned information on users suspected of terrorist activity and child abuse.