ConsenSys Collects MetaMask Users’ Wallet And IP Addresses
The new guidelines require MetaMask’s RPC (Remote Procedure Call) node Infura to collect the user’s IP address and Ethereum wallet address for transactions. RPC is a software communication protocol that allows one program to request data and information from a program running on a third-party computer server.
ConsenSys stated if users employ their own Ethereum node or a third-party RPC provider with MetaMask, then neither Infura nor MetaMask will collect the user’s IP address or Ethereum wallet address. Infura, which is a blockchain tool developer, and MetaMask, a digital wallet, are both products offered by ConsenSys. Alternative RPC providers, such as Alchemy, Moralis, Ankr, QuickNode, or Tatum can be used and thus the firm would not collect such data but emphasized that third-party RPC providers may collect such data if they want to.
ConsenSys Faces Backlash FromThe Crypto Twitter Community
The crypto community didn’t react well to the controversial update and expressed their objection to ConsenSys’ decision. Adam Cochran of Synthetix and Yearn Finance voiced out his sentiment in a tweet stating that consumer privacy is a fundamental right, especially when it comes to financial data. Furthermore, he mentioned that Metamask’s decision to log IP addresses and tie them to transactions is unacceptable.
Chris Blec, a decentralization advocate, asserted that these types of policies should not be ignored. He also predicts that MetaMask will eventually force users to use either Infura RPCs or other whitelisted RPCs that OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) has approved.
Majority of the community claim that decentralization must remain a key feature of the industry if it wants to uphold the core principles upon which it was founded.