Epic Games Fined $520 Million for Children's Privacy Violations

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused Epic Games of violating children's privacy.

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The company was also accused of using manipulative techniques to trick players into making unintentional purchases.

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Epic Games agreed to pay $520 million in fines and refunds to settle the accusations.

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The settlement is the largest ever for breaking an FTC rule.

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Epic Games released Fortnite five years ago, and it quickly became popular among millions of teenagers and children.

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Some children spent hundreds of dollars on their parent's credit cards to buy in-game items.

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The FTC accused Epic Games of illegally collecting children's personal information.

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The company was also accused of harming young players by matching them with strangers and enabling live communications.

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Epic Games instituted multiple children's privacy and purchasing safeguards, but the FTC said they were not enough.

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Epic Games agreed to pay $275 million to settle accusations of violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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The company also agreed to pay a $275 million fine for collecting personal information on players under 13 without consent.

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