In respse to privacy ccerns, Venmo says that default public transactis are a social feature

Earlier this week, we highlighted data from a security researcher who analyzed more than 200 milli Venmo transactis and was able to "learn an alarming mtage" about users simply. through these transactis.

The problem comes from the fact that anye can track the purchase history of a Venmo user through the default public setting of the applicati. Now, in a statement, Venmo defends himself …

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Venmo, for those who are unfamiliar, allows users to send mey to each other – whether for dinner, gas, rent, drugs or d & # 's; 39, other purchases. By default, when you send mey to somee else, the transacti is marked as public, which means that anye who follows you (or follows the pers to the pers who is following him or her). other end of the transacti) can see the descripti of the transacti.

As reported in a ZDNet article earlier this week, most transactis Venmo are far from legal, ranging from drug deals to harassment and so much more.

Speaking to CNET, a spokesman for Venmo defended the default public setting of the app, claiming that it was part of his goal to be a "fun way" to share information with friends:

"We do it by default because it's fun to share [information] with friends in the social world, "said Friday a representative of Venmo at CNET."[We’ve seen that] people open Venmo to see what their family and friends are doing. "

In additi, the spokesman noted that many other social networks have also made their user feeds available to the public by default, but noted that …

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