Mozilla petitions Venmo to change app transaction privacy settings

Andy Boxall

In App Business. September 28, 2018

Mozilla has delivered a petition to peer-to-peer payment app Venmo, asking it to change an important privacy setting in its app. The petition has been signed by more than 25,000 people, and wants Venmo’s transaction details to be set to private by default.

Currently, transactions are public by default, requiring users to go into the setting and alter it themselves.

Mozilla writes:

“By making privacy the default, Venmo can better protect its seven million users — and send a powerful message about the importance of privacy.”

The petition follows a Mozilla and Ipsos survey, which found 77% of people believed payment apps should not make transaction data public. In addition, 92% said they did not support Venmo’s claim that public transaction data was “fun to share with friends.”

Mozilla says Venmo has not yet responded to the petition.