Decentralized alternate (DEX) Uniswap’s just lately up to date privateness coverage seems to have attracted the ire of some members of the neighborhood, with issues that gathering and storing person knowledge works in opposition to crypto’s core values.
In latest responses to a November weblog put up relating to its up to date privateness coverage, some vocal members of the neighborhood recommended it i uncharacteristic for a decentralized entity to gather and retailer details about its customers.
Within the Nov. 11 put up from Uniswap Labs, launched across the time of FTX’s collapse, the decentralized alternate launched its privateness coverage to clarify the way it collected and saved person knowledge
“With improvements round blockchain, web3 goals to reclaim customers’ privateness and selection after a long time of web companies which have eroded it.”
“That is why we’re releasing a brand new Privateness Coverage as we speak – we wish to be crystal clear about what knowledge we’re defending and the way we use any knowledge we acquire. Transparency is essential. We by no means need our customers to be stunned,” it stated.
This privateness coverage, which was final up to date on Nov. 17 reveals that the alternate collects publicly-available blockchain knowledge, details about person gadgets reminiscent of browser data, and working methods, and details about customers’ interactions with its service suppliers, amongst others.
Uniswap additionally acknowledged that none of this data contains personally identifiable data reminiscent of first identify, final identify, road tackle, date of delivery, electronic mail tackle or IP tackle.
Regardless of this, some within the crypto neighborhood have shared issues that the strikes are in distinction to crypto’s core values, that are targeted on person privateness and anonymity.
The crew behind privacy-preserving cryptocurrency Firo argued in a Nov. 21 Twitter put up to its 83,700 followers that Uniswap’s privateness replace units a “harmful precedent” for DEXs:
Whereas we now have the utmost respect in what @Uniswap has constructed, we strongly reject the incorporation of knowledge assortment to trace person conduct and onchain exercise. This units a harmful precedent for DEXes. https://t.co/h4kCiQKtl7
— Firo $FIRO (@firoorg) November 21, 2022
OwenP, an affiliate for the DEX SpookySwap recommended that it was uncharacteristic for a decentralized alternate to gather and retailer person data on the backend.
“We had been contacted […] by an infrastructure supplier as soon as who requested about our backend and what data we saved we had been shocked by the query. ‘None in fact’ [was] the solutions.”
In the meantime, Twitter person “CryptoDavid” additionally famous to his 12,000 Twitter followers on Nov. 21 that he wasn’t stunned by Uniswap’s resolution, as different DEXs have additionally began doing the identical factor.
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Transparency has emerged as a buzzword within the trade following the collapse of crypto alternate FTX earlier this month.
Different crypto entities which have just lately pledged in the direction of “transparency,” together with implementing “proof-of-reserves” within the case of centralized exchanges, embody Kraken, Bitmex, Coinfloor, Gate.io and HBTC who’ve already accomplished audits.
Binance, OKX, KuCoin and a bunch of different exchanges additionally plan on doing the identical.