A recent update mentioned that Infura, one of ConsenSys’ flagship products, will collect certain data such as the wallet and IP address of users who designate it as the default node service provider and Remote Procedure Protocol (RPC) in MetaMask.
Faced with some backlash, ConsenSys says in a blog post that the new update does not compromise MetaMask users’ privacy.
Policy updates do not result in more intrusive data collection or data processing, and are not made in response to any regulatory changes or inquiries. Our policy has always stated that certain information is automatically collected about how users use our sites, and that information may include IP addresses.
When users interact with Ethereum or other blockchains — such as sending a transaction or requesting credit — through an RPC provider like Infura, the provider receives the user’s IP address and wallet address to provide the service. This is not specific to Infura and aligns with how web architecture works in general, although we continue to pursue technical solutions to reduce this exposure, including anonymization technologies.”
ConsenSys says its update was a reminder to users about how it handles their data and its use of Infura as a virtual node provider. The company also notes that users can specify a different RPC within MetaMask.
“As more users explore unfettered ways to hold their crypto assets, updates to our policy have been made in an effort to educate users about how MetaMask works, including highlighting its use of Infura as MetaMask’s default RPC provider and users’ ability to use an Ethereum node. their own as an alternative to the default RPC provider.
Users may also use a third-party RPC provider with MetaMask, but the updated policy makes clear that users should be aware that their information will be subject to any collection of information by the RPC provider they use and the RPC provider’s terms regarding their use of the data they collect.
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