Epic Games to Pay 520 Million Dollars over FTC Allegations of Child Privacy Violations and Unwanted Charges

    The US Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), in a recent decision regarding the developer of the Fortnite game, Epic Games Inc., (“Epic Games”), has determined that obligations arising from Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") have been violated. COPPA is a federal law that regulates the online information and privacy of children under the age of 13, also giving parents control over the information collected from their children online. The FTC has ordered Epic Games to pay a total of $520 million, $275 million in fines for violating COPPA and using design tricks known as "dark patterns" to steer millions of users towards unwanted purchases, as well as $245 million in refunds.

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