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HIPAA compliance with this product appears possible?: No.
Recommend for your HIPAA risk management needs?: No.
What Is This Product?
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform instant messaging and VoIP service. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location.
Unlike Signal, WhatsApp stores meta-data (data about the messages and message senders and receivers) and therefore does not qualify as a conduit, but as a business associate. However, WhatsApp will not execute a Business Associate Agreement and is, as a result, not a HIPAA-secure option.