Telegram does not transmit voice messages of users to Google, said the founder of the messenger, Pavel Durov.
“Telegram does not share personal data of users with Google, such as names, phone numbers, IP addresses. In addition, Telegram never sends any data to third parties automatically, without an explicit request from users,” he wrote in his Telegram channel. .
He clarified that a button was launched for Telegram Premium subscribers, by clicking which they can send a request to translate a separate voice message into text. “To process such requests, as we initially publicly explained, we rent Google equipment,” Durov said.
According to him, the decision to use the paid technology of an American company allows maximizing the quality of the transcription, but does not affect the safety of the data, because, according to the agreement with Telegram, “Google can do nothing with these anonymized audio data, except to generate text versions based on them. and return back (in particular, the company cannot use them for any of its other services or for advertising),” Durov wrote.