What happens in Iran, stays in Iran, seems to be the motto of the Irani government, at least when it comes to storing the social media websites and messaging apps data. The Irani government has ordered the social media websites and messaging apps companies that the data of the Irani instant messaging users must be stored on the servers within Iran. The government has given a year to the companies to move the data on Iran-based servers, according to this Reuters report.
As a statement of the “Supreme Council of Cyberspace” goes, “Foreign messaging companies active in the country are required to transfer all data and activity linked to Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity.”
The most affected app, according to the above link, might be Telegram, that provides encrypted communication among people. The safety and privacy of its 20 million users in Iran will be jeopardized if the data is moved on to Iran-based servers because then the government will be easily able to access the data.
Many people are already contemplating closing up their accounts with Telegram and other such services. Access to social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook is already restricted in Iran. Countless people have been arrested for trying to exercise their freedom of expression in the country where the laws of sharia rule the roost.