Telegram Launches Crypto Oriented Passport Services For Instant Verification

Telegram introduced a new crypto-oriented feature in its milieu- a unified authorization service for its users worldwide- revealed by a recent blog post.

Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service developed by Telegram Messenger LLP, a privately held company registered in London, United Kingdom, founded by the Russian entrepreneur and a bitcoin supporter Pavel Durov.

The software has been known for its commitment to encryption of data and limiting third-party access to the extent that Russia tried to thwart the software when it refused to hand over its encryption keys to the government.

The Telegram Passport is a unified authorization service which provides decentralized cloud storage, using end-to-end encryption. Users, after signing up and accepting the privacy policy, can upload their identification documents which will be further shared by the third party in an encrypted form without any access to the information which Telegram claims. Now users can able to share their pre-requite document with any platform or service that demand identification proof. Verification documents include passport, driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, and selfie: the traditional ways that ICO applicants are accustomed to providing KYC.

Telegram is permitting platforms and applications to integrate the service in their apps free of charge which is accessible in both Android and iOS. An international payment provider ePayments currently using Telegram Passport for its platform where users can experiment with the verification system-Telegram Passport.

A provision similar to Digilocker:

Telegram passport is somewhat parallel to DigiLocker, a cloud service which was introduced by the Indian Government. The IDs on the DigiLocker can be shared when signing up for a service on a government platform. Recently, the government announced that Indian Railways will now accept digital Aadhaar & Driving License from DigiLocker as valid ID proofs.

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