Recently I found in our society the use of WhatsApp is continuously increasing day by day, especially in Arab countries and Pakistan. Every second person that uses smart cellphone uses WhatsApp for communication with their friends and family, and some use it just because it is fun to share videos and pictures with others in a group or to the individual. Once I was a user of WhatsApp I stopped using it for some reason which I am going to mention in this article in upcoming paragraphs.
I conducted a research for days and talked to those who use WhatsApp for communication and sharing stuff like pictures and videos I found them 100% satisfied with services provided by WhatsApp. I asked them few questions and founded them fully blindfolded they don't know what WhatsApp is doing with their privacy for providing awesome services.
My normal questions were:
Now let's talk about what whats app is taking from you with your permission.
This permission says allow the whats app to view one or more of information about activity on the device, which apps are you running, browsing history and bookmarks.
- Device app and history
OMG did you ever wanted to share what you do on your device with other unknown persons, did you ever let anyone see what kind of apps you are using and what you are browsing through the internet. if you are using WhatsApp then congratulations you already did this they take your browser history from your mobile phone without letting you know they have all the information about your installed applications which you use on a daily basis and worse of all they can do whatever they want.
use one or more account on your device profile data.
this means they are using not just your WhatsApp account they have access to the other accounts of your device because you have given them permission to access your confidential stuff emails facebook etc.
this uses your contacts phone numbers. When you install WhatsApp on your device it tells your contacts and friends that you are on whats app without your permission to those who are using WhatsApp. In case I do not want to tell someone that has/had my number that I am using WhatsApp, WhatsApp automatically tells them you are using WhatsApp and this is happening without your will and you have given permission to WhatsApp on installation.
uses your device location
our mobiles are not only calling devices they are also tracking devices your service provider always track your location and WhatsApp is also a surveillance company which tracks your location where you go which places you visit most on daily basis. this data may help them finding you when you quit using WhatsApp.
this permission says "uses one or more SMS MMS charges may apply"
oops! they have access to your private conversation with your contacts not only on WhatsApp but also on phone.
uses one or more of files on device such as images, videos or audio and the device external storage.
By installing this app you are giving permission to others to access your privacy they always know what has stored on your cell phone your private pictures, video recordings and voice recording are always available for them to see and use.
uses the device camera
you are granting them permission to control your camera without permission so they can take photos and record videos without your permission whenever they want.
uses the microphone
Just like above permission this permission allow WhatsApp to access and control your phone microphone which permits WhatsApp to record your voice and phone calls.
allows the app to view information about wifi networking such as weather wifi is enabled and names of connections wifi devices.
- Wifi connection information
WhatsApp users allow WhatsApp to collect information about wifi for example on which wifi mobile is connected and on which location phone connects to wifi.
This permission allow the app to determine the phone number and device ids, whether a call is active, and remote number is connected by cell.
- device id & call information
This permission gives WhatsApp access to a phone number and device ids, they collect information about your other accounts and sends information whether you are calling to someone or not.