I am very concerned today as I discovered whatsapp has access to my google drive.

Does this mean whatsapp can steal my google drive data with this access or is it restricted only to a specific folder?

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    Should be more concerned that those chat backups are not encrypted while allegedly whatsap chats themselves are secure. You can disable chat backup in whatsapp, for whatever woth Whatsapp's privacy claims have..
    – Recct
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:08
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    Have you looked at this page? myaccount.google.com/permissions - It shows exactly what access each app has.
    – Hector
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:14
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    @Recct True... WhatsApp belongs to Facebook. Facebook won't violate the privacy terms outright. But it's a safe bet that there's some fine print that lets them spy on your WhatsApp activity anyway. Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:18
  • @Hector I have removed it but it said whatsapp --> access to google drive. I'm not worried about the whatsapp chats, I'm worried about whatsapp accessing the data on google drive and stealing it.
    – SeanJ
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 12:07

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If you go to Google My Account Permissions and expand "WhatsApp Messenger":

View and manage its own configuration data in your Google Drive

View and manage Google Drive files and folders that you have opened or created with this app

I am not an expert on Google Apps permissions, but the wording would indicate that it is limited to files WhatsApp wrote to Google Drive itself: "opened or created with this app".


If the google permissions page states access to Google Drive (and doesn't limit this to a directory) it must be assumed the app can access anything stored there.

If you view this an issue you should suggest to the WhatsApp developers they modify this to only require you to share write permissions to a specific directory with them.

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