Telegram is now testing a new service that will store users information such as documents, pictures, etc for identification verification.
According to the local Russian media reports Telegram Passport will be used to keep the user information for the verification. The data will contain copies of ID’s, banking statements and utility bills to indentify users on Telegram’s blockchain platform TON.
Bitcoin.com states that:
Customers will provide their personal details and documents, such as copies of IDs, passports, drivers’ licenses, utility bills, bank statements, and possibly photographs. Once uploaded, the information can be potentially shared with Telegram’s partners within the platform, but also on their systems
Alexander Filatov, a partner at SP Capital shares few words on this closed testing of Telegram service:
Telegram Passport, which may be launched by the summer, is expected to effectively prevent anonymity associated with crypto payments, which is a worrisome aspect for regulators around the world,
According to the Bitcoin.com’s report, The Russian payments services provider Qiwi has already been granted access to the system, The company is said to be cooperating with the messenger on the launch of Telegram Passport.
A number of partner businesses will be able to take advantage of the service.