Millions of Venmo Transactions Scraped Without User Knowledge

The payment app Venmo - which is owned by PayPal - believes that the social aspect of their app is a feature that users loves. Because the app has all transactions set to "public" by default, users can peep in on their friends and acquaintances to see that Ashley is paying Brendan for ramen the other night or Sarah pays a lot in rent. They even encourage users to decorate their bills and payments with cute emojis, which makes the Venmo feed look more like a sociable chat app than a financial institution.

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