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Epic Games to pay $520 million for privacy violations and unwanted charges

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The FTC announced that Epic Games has agreed to pay $520 million, due to "violating children's privacy laws" and "tricking users into making unwanted charges".

Quite a large fine overall split between:

  • $275 million penalty for violating children's privacy law.
  • $245 million in refunds for tricking users into making unwanted charges.

Recently, Epic Games made a change to their account system for younger players (that caused the Heroic Games problems) and changed a bunch of privacy settings which they did as a result of this.

Some record-breaking fines there, as the FTC said in the announcement. The $275 million is a traditional fine, but the $245 million appears to be going towards refunds to customers.

From the press release:

"As our complaints note, Epic used privacy-invasive default settings and deceptive interfaces that tricked Fortnite users, including teenagers and children," said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. "Protecting the public, and especially children, from online privacy invasions and dark patterns is a top priority for the Commission, and these enforcement actions make clear to businesses that the FTC is cracking down on these unlawful practices.”

“The Justice Department takes very seriously its mission to protect consumers’ data privacy rights,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “This proposed order sends a message to all online providers that collecting children’s personal information without parental consent will not be tolerated.”

Epic also released their own statement here.

In other news: Epic Games are killing off a bunch of classics like Unreal Tournament.

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akselmo 19 Dec, 2022
And people wonder why I avoid EGS.

I do like eggs tho.
a0kami 19 Dec, 2022
Epic Fines.
I'm somehow less frustrated they still don't officially support linux. I'm not naïve though, it's not just them, bad practices can be anywhere in this industry, but Tim is as brilliant as he can be a piece of shite.

Last edited by a0kami on 19 December 2022 at 10:22 pm UTC
GodofGrunts 20 Dec, 2022
Get fucked Timmy.
HxE 20 Dec, 2022
imagine if they spent those 520M on making 3-5 AAA games or 6-10 AA games. But no, let steal private data to please marketing department big data collecting.
Marlock 20 Dec, 2022
Quoting: BlackBloodRumOne of many reasons why you shouldn't use Epic Store, nor trust their EAC or EOS.

But people were told and warned many times in the past, but continue to do so thus at this point they cannot complain about it
I know what you mean, but really it's important to be clear: yes they can and should complain, even if previously aware of the issues, because...
1) Epic broke laws to do it
2) Epic lied about what was being done
3) It's not trivial to detect this sort of thing on your own
4) The crushing majority of people echoing complaints about Epic's disregard to privacy fail to link the complaint to a credible source, so it looks like the claim is crazy unreal when in fact Epic actually did something crazy horrible in real life
5) Most people don't delve into privacy issues enough to actually understand the extent nor the damage damage, even after "being told" it happens... It's not necessarily because they would be OK with it if they actually grasped the full scope of it, but often just because they have enough other serious things on their mind... IMHO this is especially true when talking about issues embeded in their leisure activities

That's why strong enforcement by a specialized taskforce is indispensible and can yield such surprising results when it finally materializes.

Last edited by Marlock on 20 December 2022 at 6:27 pm UTC
hardpenguin 21 Dec, 2022
Yikes, genuinely did not see that coming
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