Fortnite video game maker Epic Games to pay more than half a billion US dollars over FTC allegations of privacy violations and unwanted charges

Epic will pay a US$275 million penalty for violating children’s privacy law, change default privacy settings, and pay US$245 million in refunds for tricking users into making unwanted charges.

The Federal Trade Commission has secured agreements requiring Epic Games, Inc., creator of the popular video game Fortnite, to pay a total of US$520 million in relief over allegations the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and deployed design tricks, known as dark patterns, to dupe millions of players into making unintentional purchases.

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