WhatsApp has no interest in taking photos of you. We simply wish to make it easier for you to have a rich, photographically enhanced conversation with those closest to you. Your privacy and security are important to us, and we want you to feel confident that you can use the application freely.
WhatsApp has a photo button that allows you to capture photos and videos using your phone's camera directly. To be able to use this feature, you will need to allow WhatsApp access to your camera when prompted to. Rest assured, WhatsApp will never take a photo or video on your behalf.