WhatsApp is set to start sharing user data with its owner Facebook.
Facebook acquired the instant messaging service, which boasts more than one billion active users for $19 billion in 2014.
The version 2.12.413 of WhatsApp for Android reveals company’s intention to allow users to link the messaging service with their respective Facebook account, as reported by Android developer Javier Santos.
The claims come from a series of screenshots recently leaked online, which shows a new data sharing option in the account settings, used to help the two companies share data and user information with one another.
As seen on the screenshot, users are asked whether they want to share their WhatsApp account information with Facebook. However, it appears to be an optional choice.
Santos also pointed out that the new beta version of WhatsApp includes a new end-to-end encryption option, as well as a Documents section where all files received from WhatsApp contacts can be accessed.
It is unclear at this stage exactly what information will be shared between the two companies, it’s likely that the two sites will share their contact lists and other details.