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United States Privacy Digest | FTC finalizes $520M COPPA settlement; proposed budget seeks additional privacy resources Related reading: Legal analysis of Iowa's new privacy law

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  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission finalized its USD520 million settlement with Epic Games over alleged Children's Online Privacy Protection Act violations. The settlement covers FTC claims of nonconsensual data collection of users under the age of 13 and unlawful communications that proved harmful to Fortnite video game players. 
  • MediaPost reports the FTC requested a 37% budget increase, approximately USD160 million, from U.S. Congress for the fiscal year 2024. In a report outlining its needs, the FTC said it wants to hire 310 full-time employees, including 62 dedicated to consumer protection, with an eye toward helping the agency "investigate and litigate more and increasingly complex matters."
  • The FTC's new Office of Technology published analysis and subsequent guidance on third-party tracking pixels. The office unpacked recent enforcement work by the FTC on tracking in the cases of digital health providers GoodRx and BetterHelp. Explanations were offered to define pixels, how they work and where the concerns lie, in addition to information on five key findings from the analysis. 
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