ConsenSys says we will never sell any user data we collect


Over the controversy on the new privacy policy change of the MetaMask wallet, ConsenSys responded to clear the doubts of people. 

MetaMask is a popular Ethereum wallet, which is known to provide transactions & storage of crypto assets under a fully decentralised environment. But last month, MetaMask developer company ConsenSys changed the privacy policy of the MetaMask wallet and confirmed that it will collect the user data such as names, IP addresses, dates of birth, usernames, contact information, and gender. The majority of the crypto influencers & proponents criticised such decisions & said that they will shift to another best alternative because the new policy will make MetaMask more likely a centralised crypto wallet. 

In the initial days of the MetaMask privacy policy change controversy, ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin responded and confirmed that such details collected by the MetaMask wallet are only to make the services better, not to make money. 

On 6 December, the ConsenSys team published a dedicated blog post to confirm that the MetaMask wallet will collect the data only to make the services better & will never sell the collected data to any party. 

MetaMask developer company also confirmed that the company will bring a new update in its data use policy and will consider collecting the data for a maximum of 7 days only. 

“We are working on narrowing retention to 7 days and we will append these retention policies to our privacy policy in an upcoming update.”

ConsenSys noted that users can opt for an alternative RPC (remote procedure call) instead of Infura but it will not provide a better user experience in terms of security & privacy of data.

The company also admitted that alternative RPC may allow easy association of the Ethereum wallet with IP address but those alternative RPC providers have their different data privacy policy systems. 

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