Consensys will collect data from Metamask

The blockchain development firm exposes the privacy of its users by updating the policies, going against the philosophy of web3.

Tecnología November 24
Kimberly Rodriguez Medina

Consensys, a leading blockchain development company, updates its privacy policy, a step that many crypto firms have also taken. UniSwap, a decentralized exchange, recently updated its due to a flurry of criticism over the possible collection of user data. The crypto community takes their privacy very seriously and the promise of the new web generation is based on not collecting or selling user data, but creating tools that allow them to own their information. However, Consensys seems to have forgotten its commitment, since it has not taken it into account when refreshing its privacy commitment.

Users using Infura as a Metamask Remote Procedure Call (RPC) provider will now allow the platform to collect the IP address, Ethereum wallet address, and other data from the Username. An RPC provider like Infura allows Metamask to be connected to other networks by interconnecting the selected server with the Ethereum server, that is, it is an interoperability tool that allows this wallet to be used in other ecosystems. The problem is not the union but the nexus, Infura, so to prevent Consensys from collecting this data, a different RPC or your own Ethereum node must be used.

In the new privacy policy, the development firm ensures that "it could work with third parties to analyze data", specifically Hotjar in this case. This analysis service allows Consensys to use cookies that collect data on the behavior of its users such as IP, device screenshots, browser information, location, etc. Although the platform ensures that neither they nor Hotjar will use this information to identify a user, the control of it breaks the approach of the new generation of the Internet and exposes Internet users in the same way as web2.

The development firm was created by Joseph Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum, in 2014 and has been building the next generation of applications, blockchain infrastructure, and access to the decentralized web ever since. While it is only natural that the co-founder of the Ether ecosystem would want to connect his company with Metamask, the native Ethereum wallet. However, it is surprising that a company that seeks to build the bridge between web 2 and 3 continues to collect information from its users and use trusted third parties to enable interoperability.

Why does an initiative that supports the decentralization of the web collect information from its users?


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