UPDATE 2: Supreme Court throws out Telegram suit to Federal Security Service
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MOSCOW, Mar 20 (PRIME) -- RussiaТs Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a lawsuit of messenger Telegram to cancel an order of the Federal Security Service regulating provision of its officers with information to decode messages of users by organizers of information distribution.
International human rights group Agora, acting on behalf of Telegram, asked the Supreme Court to declare the Federal Security ServiceТs order dated July 19, 2016 void.
Getting the decoding keys will enable the service to access messages of all users.
The service said it will monitor correspondence of only some users without a court decision, but if it needs more data, the service will go to court.
A Telegram spokesperson said the messenger will contest the courtТs decision. УWeТll file an appeal anyway,Ф the spokesperson said.
Under the law, Telegram has 30 days to challenge the courtТs move. The court is to equip the parties with the statement of reasons in 10 days.
The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media said it had notified Telegram of the need to follow the law on provision of information to security entities and gave the messenger 15 days to give data to the Federal Security Service.
УIf the organizer of information distribution in the Internet fails to fulfil its obligations within the period stated by this warningЕ access to information resources of the organizer of information distribution in the Internet is restricted by a connection operatorЕon the basis of a decision of the court that takes effect until fulfilment of such obligations,Ф the communications watchdog said.
Telegram has already faced the threat of being blocked in Russia after a refusal to provide the communications service with information to be added to the register of organizers of information distribution. Telegram obeyed and provided its registration data.