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.
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.