Telegram is the messenger app of choice for the blockchain and crypto communities. Now, according to an official statement published on 26th July, it has introduced Telegram Passport, a product that it describes as “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.).”
Telegram Passport encrypts each user’s ID information and allows them to securely share that info with third parties. The press statement also said, “users’ ID data will currently be stored on the Telegram cloud, but in the future, all Telegram Passport data will move to a decentralized cloud.” Telegram emphasises that It has no access to users’ stored data and when you share data it goes directly to the recipient.
The new tool is integrated with Telegram’s ePayments operator, which the app platform refers to in its post as the “first electronic payments system to support registration and verification” via the new tool.
Launched in 2011, ePayments says it provides payment services to more than 500,000 freelance customers and 1,000 companies worldwide. The London-based digital payment service supports transactions in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC) and others.
If you are a Telegram user and want to trial the new Telegram Passport, all you have to do is go to ePayments.com and if you want to see how the system actually works, you can test it out at this link.
Telegram also welcomes enquiries from developers, saying: “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.”