Telegram, the popular messaging app for the cryptocurrency community, has unveiled a personal identification authorization tool called Telegram Passport. The new service was introduced in a special announcement on Telegram’s website.
According to the blog post, Telegram Passport is “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.).”
The post further explained:
“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!”
This indicates that the new personal identification authorization tool encrypts a user’s personal ID information and allows them to share their ID data with third parties securely.
Protected by End-to-End Encryption
Since users would be required to upload vital information about themselves, the idea is worrisome because even though it is more convenient, people would have to trust Telegram to safely store that kind of documentation in the cloud, and hope nobody else is ever able to access it. However, to dispel such fears, Telegram assures users that a few security measures have been put in place such as using End-to-End Encryption.
Your information is encrypted with an alpha-numeric password that only the user knows, whenever a user shares data, it goes directly to the recipient thereby even Telegram has no access to the data a user stores in him’s/her Telegram Passport. Telegram also disclosed that in the future, user’s data will be embedded in a decentralized cloud, this suggests that the company might be developing a blockchain-based cloud storage solution.
Telegram Passport Begins to Garner Support
For individuals to fully utilize the benefits of Telegram Passport, companies and tech firms need to support and implement it on their platforms hence, ePayments.com, an online payments system has expressed interest in the system, and has integrated it on its Telegram channel, remarking that the “verification can be achieved in just a few clicks.” Telegram is also offering the Passport to technology developers free of charge, with additional information on how to integrate it.