The creator of Fortnite will pay 520 million to settle a complaint for violating children's privacy

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The creator of Fortnite will pay 520 million to settle a complaint for violating children's privacy

Epic Games, the company that created the popular video game Fortnite, will pay the price. $520 million to settle allegations that it had illegally collected personal information from minors and that it had misled users to encourage them to make purchases.

like this This was confirmed this Monday by the company and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States, who had sued it. “Epic used invasive privacy default settings and deceptive interfaces that misled Fortnite users, including teenagers and children,” Lina Khan explained in a statement. , chair of the FTC.

Authorities had accused Epic Games of violating federal children's privacy law, which you will pay for. He will be fined $275 million and will change his name. He set the default configuration of his video games so that they respect the rights of minors.

On the other hand, this configuration was used to deceive users. and lead them to make purchases they had not planned, a mechanism known as 'dark patterns'. That is why the company will pay the fee. another $245 million to compensate those users.

Among the measures announced by Epic Games include facilitating parental control so that parents are the ones who supervise how many hours their children spend playing and who authorize the purchases that children make. They are made within the platform. According to the FTC, Epic's own employees had been concerned about the default settings the company had established for minor users.