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Daily Dashboard | FTC, video game maker reach $520M COPPA settlement Related reading: Thoughts on behavioral advertising, Meta and privacy

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  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Epic Games agreed to a $520 million settlement 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. The company will pay $275 million in civil penalties and $245 million in refunds to users affected by "dark patterns." Epic Games also agreed to delete data associated with the alleged violation.
  • Epic Games issued a statement on its settlement, noting that "no developer creates a game with the intention of ending up here." The company discussed its remedial steps and commitments to children's privacy.
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