The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.
|Find accounts on the device||Can use user's account information stored on the phone||Internal|
|Connect and disconnect from wi-fi||Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Take pictures and videos||Can use camera or flashlight on the phone||Internal|
|Can use camera or flashlight on the phone||Utility|
|Pair with bluetooth devices||Can connect to user's Bluetooth devices||Internal|
|Create accounts and set passwords||Can use user's account authentication information (like password) or create new accounts||Internal|
|Precise location (gps and network-based)||Can use user's precise location||Internal|
|Record audio||Can record audio through microphone on device||Internal|
|Read phone status and identity||Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number||Internal|
|Read your contacts||Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history||Internal|
|Control near field communication||Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC.||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Add or remove accounts||Can manage user's accounts on the phone||Internal|
|Full network access||Can access the internet||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Modify your contacts||Can edit contacts on device||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Retrieve running apps||Can retrieve information on currently and recently running apps on the device||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Approximate location (network-based)||Can use user's approximate location||Not analyzed yet|
|Use accounts on the device||Allows the app to request authentication tokens.||Not analyzed yet|
|Send sms messages||Can send SMS messages||Not analyzed yet|
|Receive text messages (sms)||Can receive SMS messages||Not analyzed yet|
|Read your own contact card||Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.||Not analyzed yet|
|Install shortcuts||Allows an application to install a shortcut in Launcher.||Not analyzed yet|
|Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage||Can write to your phone's USB storage||Not analyzed yet|
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