According to the policy, if a user exploits Infura and an RPC using Metamask, the software will collect the user’s crypto address and IP information. However, Infura is Metamask’s default RPC provider and another RPC can be used. For example, if a user operates his own node. Users can also switch to another RPC such as Tatum, Moralis, Alchemy and Quicknode.
If the user switches RPC calls on Metamask from Infura to something else, the user’s crypto address and IP information will not be collected. The Consensys move follows Uniswap Labs explaining a similar decision in a blog post called “Uniswap Labs’ Commitment to Privacy.”
“Etherean is waking up to the value of running its own full node, only to realize that’s no longer an option,” Demeester tweeted. “To wit: The first centralized actors started censoring transactions. Now Metamask, the main one [Ethereum] access provider, records IP and wallet addresses.”
Ethereum supporter Adam Cochran said it was a “stupid move.” “Okay, this Metamask privacy thing is another stupid move by Consensys,” Cochran tweeted. “Send me your best single self-hosted nodes, either hardware or SaaS,” he added.
The statement Metamask shared was a blog post published by Consensys that says “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.”
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