The company said the policy has been communicating how certain types of personal information are collected automatically, which may include IP addresses. According to ConsenSys, the latest update is about the transparent behavior of how MetaMask’s default remote procedure call (RPC), Infura, handles user data.
ConsenSys emphasizes that MetaMask itself does not collect IP addresses. Instead, the policy states that users who run the wallet through the Infura app are subject to data collection.
In a tweet, the company claim Only the language of the policy has been updated, “nothing else” about the policy or data collection is different.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, ConsenSys said:
“Infura will not use this information improperly, nor will ConsenSys profit from it, as some Web2 companies do.”
According to Consensys, Infura is currently working on technology updates to “minimize the collection of personal information, including anonymization techniques and minimizing and eliminating any data collection and retention.”
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After the FTX incident, users began to look for non-custodial digital asset storage options, so its policy was updated. Despite the company’s clarification via its official web channel, community users remain skeptical.
Some Say This gives users even more reason to move assets into cold storage wallets. Others asked for alternative wallet suggestions and reiterated the need for decentralization for Web3.
Really bad timing to change anything. Especially with so many people actively researching self-custody.
Collecting data just to have it will only make things worse. I am disappointed.
— Uniquely NFT (@UniquelyNFT) November 24, 2022
MetaMask has over 21 million monthly users, making it one of the most popular self-hosted wallets in the Web3 space.