France creates secure chat app to keep its president off Telegram

From Engadget - April 16, 2018

Only 20 officials are trying the app right now, but it will ideally become mandatory for the government by the summer.

The switch was likely prompted by the messaging habits of France's leadership. President Macron, his inner circle and other officials have been hooked on using Telegram to chat about work, to the point where Macron is reportedly online into the wee hours of the morning. It's not necessarily a huge security risk between Telegram's insistence on strong encryption and officials' care to avoid discussing secret or strategic info (at least, according to a spokesperson talking to Bloomberg). However, this would still leave the discussions of high-level staff in the hands of a third-party service that France has not vetted.


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