An anonymous reader writes: According a report from Reuters, the Iranian government wants to be able to track private and semi-private conversations on messaging apps, and has given companies behind popular messaging apps one year to move their data onto servers in Iran. As it stands, many social networks are already blocked in Iran, and now the government wants to control even more online communication platforms. Apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, which have become incredibly popular in Iran, allow users to communicate with no government control. With Telegram, users can contact hundreds of people by creating groups. Now, even though WhatsApp for example is required to move their data to Iranian servers, it’s unlikely the government will be able to intercept messages from the app since it features end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp can’t even read the content of communications — only WhatsApp users can decrypt the messages in their conversations. Apple’s iMessage also features an encrypted messaging protocol, and Telegram does too, but users need to start “secret conversations” with end-to-end encryption.
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