Metamask To Start Tracking Users’ IP Address

Metamask Wallet To Start Tracking Users’ IP Address

MetaMask developer ConsenSys recently came underfire after its new updated privacy policy revealed that it will be collecting more of users’ private information than what most want.

IP & Wallet Address

ConsenSys’ new revised privacy policy agreement published on November 23rd revealed that the MetaMask wallet will now begin to track and collect users’ IP addresses as well as their Ethereum wallet addresses when making transactions.

However, ConsenSys also informs that these updates will only apply to users who use MetaMask’s default Remote Procedure Call (RPC) application, Infura.

“When you use Infura as your default RPC provider in MetaMask, Infura will collect your IP address and your Ethereum wallet address when you send a transaction. However, if you’re using your own Ethereum node or a third party RPC provider with MetaMask, then neither Infura nor MetaMask will collect your IP address or Ethereum wallet address,” the new revised privacy policy read.

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MetaMask’s Response

Since news of this new policy update was revealed, ConsenSys and MetaMask have received a considerable amount of criticism, with many arguing that a users’ privacy should be prioritized.

However since then, ConsenSys has come out to make a few clarifications on their ‘new policy changes’ in their latest blog post.

In this post ConsenSys explains that there were no actual changes made in its updated privacy policy, but this new update was mostly just made to better communicate what information is being collected and how it is used.

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The updates to the policy do not result in more intrusive data collection or data processing, and were not made in response to any regulatory changes or inquiries.” ConsenSys wrote, “Our policy has always stated that certain information is automatically collected about how users use our Sites, and that this information may include IP addresses.

When users interact with Ethereum or other blockchains — such as by sending a transaction or requesting a balance — through an RPC provider such as Infura, the provider receives both the user’s IP and wallet address to provide the service. This is not Infura-specific and is consistent with how web architecture works generally” ConsenSys explains.

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