New screenshots from an unreleased WhatsApp Beta version have been leaked, which show two upcoming features: Sharing account info with Facebook and advanced encryption settings.
As pointed out by reddit user caschy, these features have been discovered in WhatsApp's Beta version 2.12.411, but apparently these changes are not visible to all users who have this version installed.
However, some other users pointed out that these screenshots might be fake. Yet more screenshots appeared on Google+ which indicates these features really exist and will be available soon.
But what data is shared with Facebook?
WhatsApp claims on their official company blog to deeply value the principle of private communication. Furthermore, they only store very few information about their users:1
Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don't have to give us your name and we don't ask for your email address. We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.
It is yet unclear what data is being shared with Facebook and how this data can be used to "improve the Facebook experiences".
A realistic scenario could be that Facebook is looking for the user's conversations on WhatsApp, as this indicates what friends on Facebook the user is in regular contact with.
- WhatsApp is now free of charge, orat.io Blog (Jan 2016)
- Google is working on a Facebook Messenger rival with Bot features and AI, orat.io Blog (Dec 2015)