I accidentally found out Telegram's warrant canary disappeared when browsing reddit. There was a post about an article that had mentioned the warrant canary disappeared although the article itself has no mention of a warrant canary - it merely states the privacy policy was changed.

Fortunately, we can use the Wayback Machine to remember the past.

This is a link to Telegram's Privacy Policy as it read on 11  August 2018. This is the last snapshot before the policy change on 14 August 2018.

This is a link to Telegram's Privacy Policy as it read on 15 August 2018 - one day after the policy change, and as it read at the time of this posting.

At first glance you'll notice the format has changed and the entire thing had been reworded. According to a note at the bottom of the page, this was to accommodate GDPR:

This policy has been expanded on August 14, 2018 to add information required by the EU data protection law.

The second thing to note is the disappearance of this phrase and phrases like it:

We never share your data with anyone. To this day, we have disclosed 0 bytes of user data to third parties, including governments.

That phrase was present under the first heading on the old privacy policy. A quick page-search for the word "bytes" yields zero results.

It's time to find a new messaging client.


This is late as I don't have a decent way to keeps tabs on the different services I use and whether the warrant canary exists or not. I have a project in the planning phase that would make it possible to subscribe to a certain "warrant canary monitor" that could alert when the canary is no longer observed.