FTC Fines Fortnite Maker for Privacy Violations

Epic Games opts to pay $520 million fine to settle allegations.

Epic Games, the company behind the popular video game “Fortnite”, agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $520 million to settle allegations that it illegally collected personal information and tricked children into making purchases within the video game. “Epic used privacy-invasive default settings and deceptive interfaces that tricked Fortnite users, including teenagers and children,” stated FTC Chair Lina Khan.

The video game did not include explicit yes/no choices when presenting users with pay-to-progress options nor provide any clear option to save or not save their payment information after making an in-game purchase. Epic Games was fined a record $275 million for violating children’s privacy and will refund $245 million to customers who made unknown purchases through Fortnite.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chair Lina Khan as she heads the Federal Trade Commission.
  • For U.S. officials as they seek to protect the privacy of American children.
  • For Director Samuel Levine as he manages the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Sources: AP, Reuters


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