Encrypted messaging app Telegram must pay 800,000 roubles for resisting Russia’s FSB’s demand that it help decrypt user messages.
The fine translates to just under US$14,000, making it less of a serious punishment and more a shot across the bows.
Telegram founder Pavel Durov has posted to Russian social site VK.com that it’s not possible to comply.
“In addition to the fact that the requirements of the FSB are not technically feasible, they contradict Article 23 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation: ‘Everyone has the right to privacy of correspondence, telephone conversations, postal, telegraphic and other communications,’” he wrote.
He indicated his intention to appeal, and keep doing so “until the claim of the FSB is considered by a judge familiar with the basic law of Russia – its Constitution”
However, does this mean that Telegram is being seen to speak up for privacy whilst in reality it’s not?