Venmo is a mobile payment service owned by PayPal. Venmo account holders can transfer funds to others via a mobile phone app; both the sender and receiver have to live in the U.S. It handled $12 billion in transactions in the first quarter of 2018. Venmo was launched in 2009 targeting the use case of friends splitting bills, e.g. for movies, dinner, rent, tickets, etc.
By default, Venmo publishes every peer-to-peer transaction (excluding the amount), a feature that was shown by researchers to reveal sensitive details about users’ lives in some situations.
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