Instant messaging software Telegram has introduced Telegram Passport — a unified authorisation service. The service provides cloud storage where one can upload their identification documents and then share them with any platform or service that require a real-world ID.

All documents will be stored on the Telegram cloud, which will soon be moved to a decentralised cloud system, using end-to-end encryption. Once a user signs up for the service and accepts the third party’s privacy policy, the service can request for the documents in the cloud, which will be shared with the party in an encrypted form. The official blog post has emphasised that they will not have any access to the information. The software has been known for its commitment to encryption of data and limiting third party access to the extent that Russia knocked out its own country’s internet to ban the software when it refused to hand over its encryption keys to the government.

The platform is also planning to add third party verification so that services can know that user is real through their Telegram-approved verification instead of sharing their documents.

Telegram is allowing platforms and applications to integrate the service in their apps free of charge. Currently international payments provider ePayments is using Telegram Passport for its platform. Telegram Passport is available on both Android and iOS.

A service similar to Digilocker

Telegram passport is quite similar to DigiLocker, a cloud service which was introduced by the Indian Government. The documents on the DigiLocker can be shared when signing up for a service on a government platform. Recently, the government announced that Indian Railways will now accept digital Aadhaar & Driving License from DigiLocker as valid ID proofs.