In a ruling that could have a chilling effect on the use of messaging applications in Iran, the country is demanding that data from its users of those apps be stored on servers inside Iran.
Reuters reported that Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace issued the ruling earlier this week, giving messaging apps one year to comply.
Social networks including Facebook and Twitter are already blocked in Iran, although Reuters reported that many of that country’s users can still access them via “widely available software.”
Reuters speculated that Telegram could take a hard hit from this ruling, as some 20 million people in Iran use the app, which is known for its high level of security.
The ruling from the Supreme Council of Cyberspace said, as reported by Reuters:
Foreign messaging companies active in the country are required to transfer all data and activity linked to Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity.
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