Telegram is introducing a new feature called Passport, a single sign-on option for services that need actual real-world IDs or documents. Passport will let users store their files and data in Telegram’s cloud and pass it directly on to services that need that information (via Neowin).
So whats the big deal here
With it, we’re getting Passport, a new authorization method by which you can securely store and share personal identification information with apps and services that request it. As Telegram puts it, “simply upload your documents once, then instantly share your data with services that require real-world ID.”
Features Of Telegram PassPort
Telegram Passport – a unified authorization method for services that require personal identification.
Store your identity documents and personal data in the Telegram cloud using End-to-End Encryption.
Instantly share your data with services that require real-world ID (finance, ICOs, etc.).
For a real-life implementation, see www.ePayments.com/tg – the first electronic payments system to integrate Telegram Passport.
At first glance, the privacy-aware folks might balk at the idea of Passport. But Telegram assures users that everything is secured with end-to-end encryption (you have to make a separate password during setup), meaning that the company can’t see anything personal. If that’s not quite enough to alleviate your misgivings, Passport will eventually move to a decentralized cloud system.
This is Phase II of the Telegram Login project (following Telegram Login for websites) and third-party verification is on the way. For now, if you’re on Android, you can check your uploaded documents via Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Telegram Passport. I got mine going with the example that is given in the blog post over on ePayments.com. If you just want to test things out in a non-real world setting, Telegram has graciously created a sample that you check out right here.