Watch: Mozilla Venmoes PayPal CEO Dan Schulman our 2 cents
By Kaili Lambe
| June 23, 2021 | Advocacy
Venmo, the popular payment app, aims for a different vibe from its parent company PayPal. It’s the fun, emoji-filled, mobile-only option for peer-to-peer payment.The problem is, Venmo’s privacy settings are public by default, meaning those emojis – and the senders and recipients of the transactions associated with them – are public to the whole world. 😳Mozilla and others have pointed out the risk this poses – including enabling stalking of survivors of intimate partner violence, social engineering, ransom demands, more.But Dan Schulman, CEO of Venmo’s parent company, PayPal, hasn’t backed down, defending his company’s negligent track record on privacy in 2019 by saying: "I think the boundaries between private and public are much more blurred than when we were growing up. To that generation, and we shouldn't put our values or our judgment on it, sharing and understanding what their friends are doing and what's important to their friends is incredibly reinforcing."We think everyone deserves privacy by default, but unfortunately Schulman hasn’t come around – so we found him on Venmo, and shared our 2 cents.
Mozilla Venmoes PayPal CEO Dan Schulman
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