Metamask says “we didn’t change anything” in response to criticism that the update collects more user data

Consensys, which operates the popular cryptocurrency wallet Metamask, said an updated platform for the wallet did not change the data it collects from its users, just the wording. The statement came in response to online critics who said the company had expanded its collection of personal data.

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Fast facts

  • “Our privacy policy language was updated on November 23rd Nothing has changed in the way MetaMask and Infura (a related Web3 development toolkit for Ethereum) work,” Metamask tweeted on Friday.
  • Consensus said in a blog post on Friday that the updated language is designed to better communicate the amount of user data the firm collects, including IP addresses of computers using the program and wallet addresses whenever a transaction is completed. It said this is necessary for the wallet to be able to provide the service.
  • IP addresses stand for Internet Protocol addresses and allow each computer to communicate and be identified through a network.
  • Some users find this controversial as one of the core principles of blockchain and cryptocurrency is privacy and pseudonymous interactions.
  • The move also comes amid a broader push by the crypto community to store assets in cold wallets – wallets not connected to the internet – following the collapse of FTX.
  • “Protect your privacy!” wrote a The Twitter user, @0xBiZzy, “With the recent news that Metamask/Infura is collecting your IP and wallet addresses, I urge you to take the time to change your RPC.”
  • An RPC is a remote procedure call and is used by developers to create decentralized apps (dApps) and allow programs to connect directly to the blockchain.

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