Epic Games Pays $540 Million for Privacy Violation Allegations and Unsolicited Charges
Epic Games, the developer behind the massive online shooter fortressagreed to pay the total 540 million USD to address the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations.
in one posted on the official FTC websiteThe agency confirmed that the developer will have to pay a $275 million fine for violating children’s privacy laws along with a $245 million refund for tricking users into making purchases. unexpected.
The FTC alleges that Epic Games “implemented design tricks, known as dark patterns (which Wikipedia defined as “a user interface that has been carefully designed to trick users into doing things, such as buying expensive insurance when buying or signing up for a recurring bill”), to trick millions of players into doing unintentional purchases.” The developer is the largest developer ever penalized for violating the FTC rules, and Epic Games will be required to “apply strong child privacy default settings children and adolescents, ensure that voice and text communication is turned off by default”.
Regarding the refund, “Epic will pay $245 million to reimburse consumers for their dark payment methods and patterns, which is the FTC’s largest refund in a single play case.” game and the largest administrative order in the history of the FTC.”
FTC President Lina M. Khan, said the following about the settlement:
“As our complaints note, Epic used privacy-intrusive default settings and a deceptive interface to trick Fortnite users, including teens and children. Protecting the public , and children in particular, from online privacy invasions and dark patterns is a top priority for the Commission, and these enforcement actions make it clear to businesses that the FTC is fighting back. enforce these illegal acts.”