A new feature called ‘Passport’ has been launched by Telegram to ease the process of ID and document submission. The end-to-end encryption app announced the new feature during the course of the week as a tool that will let users store their files and data in Telegram’s cloud. Stored documents or IDs will then be passed to services upon request when such information is needed.
Telegram expects that users should be able to use the service to sign up for financial services or ICOs—and it goes without a say that those services require real-world IDs, passports, and documents. Passport will allow you to upload your documents and personal information, which will then be passed along to services that support the new feature by virtue of a single tap.
In all of these, my fear remains the issue of security and privacy, but Telegram is allaying all fears by assuring users that documents and IDs will be stored in the Telegram cloud using end-to-end encryption. Stored data according to the company, will be encrypted with password that is known to you alone.
ePayments, a popular online payment site is the first to sign up to the service, and you can visit the site to find out more about how Passport works.
The success of Passport could depend on a number of factors including the company’s ability to continually guarantee users’ privacy and security. Telegram will also need to double up on its efforts to attract more companies to sign up to the service. While ePayments is a good starting point, other services need to be added to the list to make Passport more attractive to millions of users.
It is interesting to know that Telegram is working on a third-party verification process to ease use of Passport on services that require documents and IDs. In a blog post, Telegram said:
“We will soon be adding third-party verification for Telegram Passports. This way, some services won’t even need to request the data itself, instead relying on the fact that the Telegram account was approved by a verification provider and the person is real.”
Last February, Telegram reinvented its popular app when it launched a parallel messaging app it called Telegram X. The company said its action was inspired by the need to “explore new in frontiers speed, ease of use, quality of animations and all other aspects.”
As if those were not already significant part of its popular messaging app; the company believes that Telegram X allows it to “test new approaches and technologies.”
Though, still being experimented, the company allayed fears that the new app is about to replace the old one—though, it offered no guarantee that such won’t be the case. In other words, the possibility of Telegram X replacing the main app cannot be ruled out altogether.