The Russians were explained what secrets WhatsApp knows about users

Expert Magomedov: WhatsApp often has access to the camera, gallery and smartphone microphone

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MOSCOW, November 13 – RIA Novosti. The WhatsApp messenger, popular among many Russians, has considerable ability to collect information about us, and concerns about the safety of personal data are often raised against it. Sometimes they are not unfounded, Shamil Magomedov, head of the Department of Intelligent Information Security Systems at the Institute of Cybersecurity and Digital Technologies of the RTU MIREA , told the 

Prime agency.So, the expert notes, the application has access to information such as phone number, smartphone model, IP address, name, profile photo, contacts from the owner’s phone book. Also, the messenger often has access to the camera, gallery and microphone. In addition, the application automatically collects various information about the user’s activities (settings, time, frequency and duration of actions and interactions, registration time), as well as about the functions used (messages, calls, payments, online time).Given such an impressive amount of information available to the company, it is important to be careful with this messenger, observe digital hygiene and try not to use it to transmit sensitive information, Magomedov believes.WhatsApp is an application owned by Meta* (the company’s activities are banned in 

Russia as extremist) with which you can send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents and voice messages.

* Recognized as an extremist organization and banned in Russia

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