Telegram, the privacy-oriented messaging app, has released version 4.9 of its app for both Android and iOS devices bringing a major new feature: Telegram Passport. The team behind the app says this is phase two of its Telegram Login project, which was first introduced back in February.
Our digital lives are getting closer and closer to the real world, and the number of services that need to know your real-life ID increases accordingly. Before today, this meant you had to upload the same document scans over and over for each new app. No more!
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.).
Protected by End-to-End Encryption
Your identity documents and personal data will be stored in the Telegram cloud using End-to-End Encryption. It is encrypted with a password that only you know, so Telegram has no access to the data you store in your Telegram passport. When you share data, it goes directly to the recipient.
In the future, all Telegram Passport data will move to a decentralized cloud.
If you’d like to see a real-life implementation of Telegram Passport, head over to ePayments.com – the first electronic payments system to support registration and verification with Telegram Passport.
You can also try out how Telegram Passport works using this page to request data.
Please note that you need the latest version of Telegram to access this feature. Once you’ve uploaded some documents, you will see your data in Settings > Privacy & Security > Telegram Passport (on iOS: Settings > Telegram Passport).
All developers are welcome to integrate Telegram Passport into their apps and services free of charge. It takes minimum effort and can save many hours of coding.
If you are building a service that requires real-life ID, check out the API docs for SDKs and examples.
We will soon be adding third-party verification for Telegram Passports. This way, some services won’t even need to request the data itself, instead relying on the fact that the Telegram account was approved by a verification provider and the person is real.