Venmo finally gets the message: People want privacy
By Kaili Lambe
| July 20, 2021 | Advocacy
While we are excited about this change, we have one lingering concern. The global feed will no longer be available when users update their app, but it’s still unclear whether Venmo will make transactions private by default, therefore showing only opt-in transactions on users’ individual timelines and on its public API
Without that level of protection, any motivated and somewhat tech-savvy person can use the public API or profile pages to snoop on public Venmo transactions, comments and more. Additionally, without the public feed in the app to remind them, more Venmo users may not be aware that their activity on Venmo is public by default – unless they take steps to change their privacy settings (see below for instructions).
For this reason, we hope Venmo will soon confirm that it will protect the privacy of transactions by default. This additional step would prevent Venmo voyeurs from creeping on people’s public transactions without their knowledge.
Let Venmo’s experience be a lesson for other consumer tech innovators: not everything needs to be social.
Want to ensure your Venmo settings are private? Follow the steps below:
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