Telegram has released a major update for its messaging app with a unique feature called the ‘Telegram Passport’. The feature is essentially an authorization method by which users will now be able to securely store and share personal IDs via the app.
As we are moving towards digital lives, the need to constantly scan and share our real-life personal ID’s has increased significantly. This means, you mostly upload the same document scans over and over for each new app with a fear of it getting misused. But with this Telegram Passport feature, the company claims that once you’ve uploaded the document, it is stored safely, and gets assigned a unique ID against it, which you can share with others, without having to re-upload again and again.
“Meet Telegram Passport – a unified authorization method for services that require personal identification. Upload your documents once, then instantly share your data with services that require real-world ID (finance, ICOs, etc.),” noted official blog post.
After updating the Telegram app to version 4.9, you can start using Telegram Passport. Once you’ve uploaded some documents, Android app users will see their data in Settings > Privacy & Security > Telegram Passport. For Telegram iOS, it can be found under Settings > Telegram Passport.
About the security of these sensitive data, Telegram assures that while your identity documents and personal data will be stored in the cloud, it will still be secure with end-to-end encryption.
“To Telegram, this data is just random gibberish, and we have no access to the information you store in your Telegram Passport. When you share data, it goes directly to the recipient,” added blog post.
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The company says it is still early stages of implementation of Telegram Passport. In future, it plans to store users’ documents in a decentralized cloud, which will have more protection. This the phase two Telegram’s Login project, which was first introduced back in February.
Telegram has shared a real-life implementation of Telegram Passport, which can be seen by heading over to ePayments.com. This website is the first electronic payments system that supports registration and verification with Telegram Passport.