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According to a revised privacy policy agreement published by ConsenSys on Nov. 23, MetaMask will begin collecting users’ IP addresses and Ethereum wallet addresses during on-chain transactions.

However, ConsenSys, the wallet’s creator, explains that the collection of users’ data will only apply if they use MetaMask’s default Remote Procedure Call (RPC) application, Infura. Individuals using their own Ethereum node or a third-party RPC provider with MetaMask are therefore not subject to the newly updated ConsenSys privacy policy. Instead, the terms of the other RPC provider apply. 

According to ConsenSys, information gathered in this manner may be disclosed to affiliates, during business deals, or to comply with Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering requirements dictated by law enforcement. MetaMask is currently one of the most popular self-custody wallets on the market with more than 21 million monthly active users.

The reaction within the crypto community has been mostly negative. For example, Adam Cochran, partner

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