By John Lee.
Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has ordered that instant messaging apps must store data about Iranian users inside the country, according to a report from BBC News.
Firms have been given one year to comply with the ruling, which campaign group Privacy International described it as “extremely worrying”.
Iran’s most popular messaging app is German-based, free-to-use service Telegram, believed to be used by one in four Iranians.
Most social networks are officially blocked in Iraq, but many are able to access them via Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which mask a browser’s geographical location.
(Source: BBC News)