MetaMask privacy updates: What users should know

Consensys, the company behind MetaMask, has updated its privacy policy to improve user consent, transparency and control of their personal data.

According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph, the changes aim to apply greater privacy and security measures for users of Consensys’ services, including MetaMask. 

“As a blockchain software company whose mission is to unlock the collaborative power of communities by making Web3 universally easy to use, access, and build on, we understand how much privacy matters.“

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Key changes

Consensys made several significant updates to its privacy policy, granting internet protocol (IP) address processing transparency, expanding its scope and improving user data management.

“For IP addresses in particular, we may temporarily process your IP address only where required for some of our Services (depending on your MetaMask settings) to provide the best possible experience for MetaMask users. This includes, for example, the prevention of DDoS attacks.”

The privacy notice now covers MetaMask Institutional, MetaMask Developer, Linea, Teku, Besu and Phosphor and includes new opt-out functionality for users who value privacy.

“If users wish to further limit the collection of their device and usage information, users could consider the use of virtual private networks, or ‘VPNs.’”

A person familiar with the matter at Consensys spoke with Cointelegraph about the protocol for IP address handling in the event of a data breach. They said:

“[…] In the event of a data breach, IP addresses will be handled in the same way as any other category of personal data: our Security team will act to contain the incident immediately, and we will comply with any notification obligations related to the incident.”

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