Fortnite To Pay $520 Million For Alleged Data Violations

Epic Games, a company responsible for Game Fortnite, was accused by Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a government agency that protects consumer law in the United States, from violating digital privacy rules.

The agency claimed that Battle Royale’s developer is mainly invading the privacy of children and adolescents -Public target of the game.
Among the charges, the government agency says Epic Games collects private data from children under 13 without notifying legal guardians.
The FTC also accuses the developer of the game to allow minors to have access to voice and text communication through the default setting of the game, which weakens the safety necessary for children and adolescents.
Check out an excerpt from the prosecution issued by FTC:
The statement, which was issued by the FTC Officer website on Monday (19), mentions that, with the confirmation of an agreement, Epic Games must pay, totaling $520 million for violating Children’s Privacy Children’s Law rules
Protection Act, or Child Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which has been in force since April 21, 2000.
Of this amount, $275 million should be paid as a fine corresponding to children’s privacy damage, and the remaining $245 million refer to a second complaint.

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The FTC also claims that Epic Games has an interface that leads the game audience to buy items from the online store without knowing exactly what they are doing.
The court order also prevents the developer prevent consumers from contesting unauthorized purchases in their accounts, which has been the main point of complaints by their parents;
The agency commented that Epic Games will purposely hide the cancellation and reimbursement resources to make them harder to find.
In Canada, the Fortnite developer is also involved in a lawsuit where parents of children playing the game accuse Epic Games of making the game addictive purposely.

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