According to the policy, if a user leverages Infura and an RPC using Metamask, the software will collect the user’s crypto address and IP information. Infura, however, is Metamask’s default RPC provider and another RPC can be utilized. For instance, if a user operates its own node. Users can also switch to another RPC like Tatum, Moralis, Alchemy, and Quicknode.
“ConsenSys is committed to maintaining the highest standards when it comes to your privacy”
Also, we collect basically every available piece of data from you other than a DNA sample.
If you aren’t using a custom RPC for Metamask, I’d suggest doing so now. pic.twitter.com/WizpplYRFE
— ℭ𝔶𝔭𝔥𝔯.Ξ𝔱𝔥 (@CyphrETH) November 24, 2022
If the user switches the RPC calls on Metamask from Infura to something else, the user’s crypto address and IP information won’t be collected. The Consensys move follows Uniswap Labs explaining a similar decision in a blog post called “Uniswap Labs’ Commitment to Privacy.”
“Etherean wakes up to the value of running his own full node, only to realize that’s no longer an option,” Demeester tweeted. “To wit: First centralized stakers began censoring transactions. Now Metamask, the main [Ethereum] access provider, is recording IP and wallet addresses.”
Ethereum supporter Adam Cochran said it was a “dumb move.” “Alright this Metamask privacy lapse is yet another dumb move from Consensys,” Cochran tweeted. “Shill me your best easy self-hosted nodes either hardware or SaaS service,” he added.
The statement Metamask shared was a blog post published by Consensys which 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.”