With a dedicated interest in user security, Mezu is a payment platform that aims to replicate the anonymous experience of paying in cash

Most peer-to-peer payment apps assume that the sender knows the receiver. This can work well, but there are moments when neither party needs to know anything about the other, where personal information doesn't need to be shared. That's where Mezu comes in—it's an app-based replacement for moments like tipping a valet or buying a bite to eat. And thanks to a partnership with Mastercard, the service now offers a digital debit card, expanding its reach.

A privacy-first app, Mezu works by allowing senders to discreetly choose a value to send, which disappears and is replaced by a unique four-digit code. The sender simply shows that sequence to the receiver, who enters it into their own Mezu app. When the code goes through, the receiver sees the amount of money they have been given, but no other details about the person.

“By launching a digital-only debit card, we’re making good on our commitment to provide the most payment options on the most private payment platform available today,” says Yuval Brisker, the brand's co-founder, CEO and president, in a press release. “Mezu doesn’t ask its customers to sacrifice privacy in the name of convenience, or convenience for the sake of privacy. We believe users should have it all and with the MezuCard launch, it’s never been easier to make payments anywhere in the world, easily, securely and privately.”

MezuCard, the service's debit function, now allows physical use and easy integration with services like Apple Pay, making Mezu a leaner competitor to other P2P payment services like Venmo. As privacy becomes a bigger issue in the marketplace, the service is likely to build its core audience with a commitment to context-free, cashless transactions.

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Most peer-to-peer payment apps assume that the sender knows the receiver. This can work well, but there are moments when neither party needs to know anything about the other, where personal information doesn't need to be shared. That's where Mezu comes in—it's an app-based replacement for moments like tipping a valet or buying a bite to eat. And thanks to a partnership with Mastercard, the service now offers a digital debit card, expanding its reach.

A privacy-first app, Mezu works by allowing senders to discreetly choose a value to send, which disappears and is replaced by a unique four-digit code. The sender simply shows that sequence to the receiver, who enters it into their own Mezu app. When the code goes through, the receiver sees the amount of money they have been given, but no other details about the person.