Apple Finally Approved Telegram Update

Apple Finally Approved Telegram Update

Apple has lifted its alleged block on updates to secure messaging app Telegram, after the company's CEO accused the Cupertino firm of unfairly locking down the software.

The watchdog also requested Apple no longer make the app available for download in Russian Federation. Certain Telegram features, like stickers, have stopped working. From the middle of April instant messenger users could not update it to the latest version.

The inability to update the app also caused the company to miss a critical deadline to make the app compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new European Union data-privacy regulation.

Telegram has finally rolled out a new update for its iOS app after nearly two months. Durov wrote on his official Telegram Channel, "Russia banned Telegram on its territory in April because we refused to provide decryption keys for all our users' communications to Russia's security agencies".

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Apple wants to move more into services for its devices and is exploring how it could push its digital-advertising business, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation".

Neither Steam nor Apple commented last week on why the app was rejected, and neither responded to requests for comment on Monday about whether the new App Store rules were indeed aimed at Steam.

The updated app is GDPR-compliant, something that it should've been since the EU's new data privacy law came into force on 25 May. This led Mr. Durov to believe that Apple was taking Moscow's side in the dispute.

Apple has said publicly that it would notify developers when applications were removed at a government's request, that it would limit takedowns to specific countries when possible, and that beginning in the second half of this year it would note in periodic transparency reports the number of requests for application removals.

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