Telegram app not GDPR complaint as Apple blocks updates following Russian Federation ban

Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

Apple has one month from May 28 to remove Telegram from the App Store in Russian Federation.

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"Unfortunately, some Telegram features, such as stickers, don't work correctly under iOS 11.4 that was just released - even though we fixed this issue weeks ago", Durov wrote minutes ago in his Telegram channel. The reason the Russian government wants Apple to remove Telegram from its App Store is because Telegram wouldn't provide it with the app's decryption keys.

The crackdown on Telegram resulted in the blocking of IP addresses from cloud services providers, including Google and Amazon, in Russian Federation. While Russia makes up only 7% of Telegram's userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April. Still, even as the iOS App Store has seen its share of downloads worldwide shrink to 30% in 2017 from 54% in 2012, consumer spending on iOS apps has remained healthy.

Some other App Store fun facts, courtesy of App Annie: The top three markets are, in order, the U.S., China, and Japan.

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The Register has contacted Apple for comment and asked Telegram when the last attempt was made to update the app and why it has taken until now to announce the problem.

According to Durov, the problem began when Russian Federation ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store.

Durov insists that Telegram has done "the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country". "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation", he said.

Durov also blames Apple for Telegram being unable to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation due to the alleged block on updates.

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