The Backlash of MetaMask Stealing Users’ Data

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MetaMask users took to Twitter to voice outrage concerning the crypto and NFT wallet stealing the data of its Infura users without consent

On November 23, 2022, ConsenSys published the most recent version of MetaMask’s privacy policy. The document states that if users’ use Metamask’s default third-party Remote Procedure Call (RPC) provider, Infura, information on the users’ IP and Ethereum wallet addresses are collected.

Quick Take: 

  • MetaMask’s privacy policy states it collects Infura users’ private information during transactions.
  • The crypto and NFT community took to Twitter to voice concerns (and rightly so).

MetaMask’s New Privacy Policy – Important Elements

MetamMask’s privacy policy states that ConsenSys—the blockchain venture studio supporting numerous projects within the Ethereum ecosystem—is collecting the private data of MetaMask’s Infura users.

This new policy states:

As you can see, MetaMask will collect all Infura users’ identity. This includes contact, profile, financial, marketing, and technical information.

Considering there are 21 million monthly active users, many Infura members will be affected. Whether they like it or not.

Twitter Backlash and Final Thoughts

This new policy is said to help MetaMask to adhere to laws, such as know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations—to minimize the risk of anonymous NFT and crypto traders.

Nevertheless, the wallet takes this data without consent. So, many users are taking to the social channel to voice their concerns (and we don’t blame them):

Unsurprisingly, other crypto wallet companies are jumping on the bandwagon to gain more traction:

Whereas other users are taking to the social channel to direct people about how to better protect themselves, without leaving the crypto and NFT wallet entirely:

After receiving a large amount of backlash, the MetaMask team responded with a rather counterproductive tweet that did not help matters:

Yet again, Twitter hasn’t failed us regarding NFT and crypto-related news and drama.

If the team behind the crypto wallet proceeds to act abruptly and insensitively, it looks like MetaMask’s success may be on the line.

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