Why has WhatsApp accessed my contacts 23,709 times in the last 7 days?
Each time you install an app, you’re asked to accept the permissions it’s requesting to access the features on your phone. It’s a standard cost of entry for downloading pretty much any app, and particularly free ones. If you’re not paying with money, you’re paying with your data. But despite knowing that an app can access a particular feature, you probably mentally write it off as an infrequent occurrence, or perhaps, only when the app needs certain information.