Iraq Blocks Telegram App, Cites Personal Data Violations
Published By: Kavya Mishra
Last Updated: August 06, 2023, 18:41 IST
Iraq’s telecoms ministry said it has blocked the Telegram messaging app over national security concerns and to preserve the integrity of users’ data, which it said the app had mishandled.
The app is widely used in Iraq for messaging but also as a source of news and for sharing content.
Some channels contain large amounts of personal data including the names, addresses and family ties of Iraqis.
The ministry said in a statement it had asked the app to close down “platforms that leak the data of the official state institutions and the personal data of citizens… but the company did not respond and did not interact with any of these requests.”
“The Ministry of Communications affirms its respect for citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and communication, without prejudice to the security of the state and its institutions,” the statement said.
Telegram did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Reuters)