MetaMask collects users’ IP and Ethereum addresses after Infura privacy policy update – decrypt


ConsenSys has informed users that it plans to collect additional data from those using the popular Infra tool, drawing criticism on social media.

Infura is an API-based tool that allows users to connect their applications to the Ethereum network, which is the foundation for many major Web3 projects, such as Aragon, Gnosis, OpenZeppelin and ConsenSys’ own flagship wallet service MetaMask.

After being first acquired by the New York-based blockchain company in late 2019, Infrura now has nearly 350,000 developers and includes support for other blockchains such as Polygon and Filecoin. ConsenSys is one of 22 strategic investors decode,

According to an update to ConsenSys’ privacy policy, when you use Infura as your default Remote Procedure Call (RPC) provider in MetaMask, it collects your IP address and your Ethereum wallet address every time you make a transaction. Will collect

However, if you use your own Ethereum node or a third-party RPC provider with MetaMask, ConsenSys says that “neither Infura nor MetaMask will collect your IP address or Ethereum wallet address. “

Alternative RPCs that can be used by Ethereum developers include Alchemy, Quicknode, Moralis, and Tatum. These tools also have their own data collection policies, which may also change in the future.

decode TechCrunch reached out to ConsenSys for comment on the news.

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ConsenSys is not alone

But ConsenSys isn’t the only company that has recently decided to increase the amount of data it collects from its user base.

Decentralized Exchange Uniswap recently started collecting off-chain data such as users’ device type or browser, saying the move was intended to improve user experience.

Uniswap said the data collection does not include other forms of personal information, such as a user’s first or last name, full address, date of birth, email address or IP address.

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