Apple, the Cupertino tech giant has been blocking iOS update for its Russian messaging service Telegram. Apple has been blocking the update since mid-April. The reports are coming from the FAQ section of Telegram website that is dealing with the implementation of GDPR in Europe.
According to Apple, the latest version of the app which is 4.8.9 of the Telegram app on Android is GDPR-ready.
However, it seems that the company is still not sure how to implement the new regulations on iOS. This is keeping the fact in mind that Apple is blocking the update on its App Store. The iOS version of the app, on the other hand, was updated on March 24 and is currently running on version 4.8.1.
Both Apple and Telegram has not yet commented anything regarding the issue. It seems that Apple could be under pressure from the Russian government to ban Telegram in Russia. The telegram had been previously taken down from the App store following the reports of child pornography on its channels and groups.
Last month Russian government had also asked Google and APK Mirror to block the Russian consumer from using Telegram on their respective platforms. This week Russia's communication regulator, Roskomnadzor, had asked Apple to help them in blocking the app.
The ban on Telegram app is being imposed with respect to an order from Moscow's Tagansky court last month. The court had then instructed communication regulator to place an 'immediate ban' on the messaging app as it failed to comply with the earlier order given by the court which required the company to hand over its encryption keys to the country's own intelligence agency FSB.
At this moment there is no official comment made by either Apple or Telegram related to the matter. It is surprising though that the app is not being developed globally considering the fact that the ban was meant to be imposed in Russia only.