The lack of adequate user privacy protection and the danger to national security were the causes.
The Iraqi Ministry of Communications announced on August 6 that it was blocking the popular messaging app Telegram, citing a national security threat and the need to protect users' private data, which the ministry claimed the app mishandled.
In Iraq, Telegram is widely used not only for messaging, but also for news and content. Some channels contain a wealth of personal information, such as Iraqis' names, addresses, and family ties.
In a statement, the agency said it asked the messenger to stop "platforms that leak data from official government agencies and personal data of citizens...> but the company did not respond or interact with any of these requests."
"The Ministry of Communications confirms its respect for citizens' rights to freedom of expression and communication without jeopardising the state's and its institutions' security," the ministry stated.
Telegram has already been blocked by some major telecom providers, including Zain and Earthlink, as well as local telecom operators. While the majority of users in Iraq had limited access to the service's web version. Operators Kurdistan Net and Korek Telecom have yet to comply with the authorities' requirements regarding messenger blocking, and the technical restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Communications can be circumvented by using VPN services.