MetaMask developers responded to cryptocurrency wallet tax collection
The developers of the cryptocurrency wallet MetaMask commented on the conditions of tax collection
ConsenSys was forced to comment on an unobvious clause in its terms of service regarding the taxation of user transactions
ConsenSys, the developer of one of the most popular cryptocurrency wallets, MetaMask, has clarified its position on the possible withholding of taxes on transfers within the wallet. The theory quickly spread in the cryptocurrency community that MetaMask would withhold cryptocurrency from users who fail to pay taxes on transactions within the wallet.
The company's statement came after one of MetaMask's terms of service clauses resonated within the cryptocurrency community. This was brought to attention in the context of the recent scandal with another popular cryptocurrency wallet, Ledger.
With the new firmware, the device acquired a lost key recovery tool, Ledger Recovery, which allows you to take a backup copy of the keys to access the assets on the wallet to external partners for safekeeping. This contradicts the idea of the so-called cold storage of cryptocurrencies, where keys to the wallet are always off the grid.
In the midst of the discussions surrounding Ledger's decision, several opinion leaders from the crypto sphere pointed to MetaMask's terms of service and the controversial tax clause. In response, ConsenSys released a statement to social media on May 22, clarifying that taxation does apply to certain solutions around the MetaMask wallet, but only affects specific products and paid services.
For example, Infura, ConsenSys' widespread data exchange solution (API), which is used internally by the wallet, implies that taxes are paid by outside developers when the tool is used commercially. But that only applies to selective paid subscriptions, which they pay for with regular money.
ConsenSys has already been criticized last year for collecting user data, including IP addresses, Ethereum wallet data, and other information to identify users through the same Infura tool that is included by default in a wallet with tens of millions of users.
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- Ledger has always been able to access users' private keys