An Ethereum Foundation researcher claimed to have “internally” discovered that staking Ether makes a user’s IP address public.
The cryptocurrency community raised privacy concerns about Ethereum after a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation (EF) discovered that the IP addresses of Ether stakers are tracked as part of a larger set of metadata.
EF researcher Justin Drake said he got this knowledge “internally” — most likely at EF — in an interview with Bankless on April 12.
Drake went on to say that the metadata he was referring to is used to track a variety of things:
“There’s a lot of metadata, you can look at deposit addresses, you can look at withdrawal addresses, you can look at fee recipients, you can look at IP addresses.”