Telegram has rolled out new version 4.9 for its messaging app recently. As part of the update, the app has received a new feature called the ‘Telegram Passport’. The service is ‘a unified authorization method for services that require personal identification’.
The feature is aimed at easing the process of uploading and storing important documents online. “Our digital lives are getting closer and closer to the real world, and the number of services that need to know your real-life ID increases accordingly. Before today, this meant you had to upload the same document scans over and over for each new app. No more!”, the Telegram blog read.
Under the service, users will have to scan and upload the documents only once. The uploaded documents will be stored in decentralized Telegram cloud, from where they can be reused for online verification. Also, the data will be end-to-end encrypted, meaning ‘Telegram has no access to the data you store in your Telegram passport’, the company said in a statement.
To add an extra layer of protection, the documents will be encrypted with a password, minimizing the chances of any misuse.
Those who wish to see a real-life implementation of Telegram Passport may head over to ePayments.com. It is the first electronic payments system to support registration and verification with Telegram Passport. Also, there is a demo page on the Telegram website to depict how verification service will work.