Telegram Chat App Introduces Digital Passport And ID Function
The chat app Telegram has introduced a new feature called Telegram Passport, which allows you to digitize official documents such as your identity card and passport. They will be uploaded to the cloud with encryption and can be shared with third parties such as other apps, services or sites.
The Telegram Passport feature is available right now in the 4.9 update for the chat application for both Android and iOS devices. Other changes include minor privacy and safety adjustments, but it’s clear that Passport is the main new feature.
You can upload your documents and information (such as identity documents, proof of residence, phone numbers…) to the cloud once.
Afterward, you can easily use the Passport feature to authorize log-ins and confirmations in other apps, similar to the login via Facebook, Twitter or Google feature – but with the added benefit of having your official documents.
The company assures that everything is handled with end-to-end encryption. Telegram has stated that it wishes to switch to a decentralized cloud via the blockchain in the near future.
When an app or a website authenticates your Passport, the app will exactly show you which data is being requested. Because it’s a relatively new feature, there aren’t many third-party developers with the new integration as of right now – although that’ll probably change soon as the chat app has hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Telegram has already invited developers to use the new feature.