Reviewed October 8th, 2020
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Telegram

Telegram Messenger Inc.
4/10

Summary

Telegram is an instant messaging app that allows you to access messages from all of your devices at once. You can send media and files without limits on type or size, and messages can be set to self-destruct after a period of time in Secret Chats. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

August 2020


Telegram data was leaked on the Dark Web, primarily from Iran and Russia. The data was taken from millions of users; the information that was taken were users’ phone numbers and Telegram IDs. No other personal data was taken.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Telegram may share your personal data with third parties in order to improved support services. Telegram also collects your IP address and stores it for 12 months, and only private chats are end-to-end encrypted. Keep this in mind while using this app.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Telegram may share your personal data with affiliated companies and law enforcement if required by law.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Available on multiple platforms.
  • End-to-end encrypted messaging.
  • Powerful group tools.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Encryption protocol is not open source.
  • No live voice or video options.

Final Thoughts


Telegram has its benefits and its cons. Telegram can keep your IP address for up to a year, which is not a comforting thing to hear. Private chats are also end-to-end encrypted, but other options of chats are not. Furthermore, Telegram may share personal data with law enforcement or affiliated companies. Telegram has its positives, but the cons seem to outweigh the pros..

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