US FTC fines Fortnite-maker Epic half a billion dollars

Company deliberately hid important privacy controls

Tom Allen
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In the right corner... Epic Games! In the left corner... The FTC, as imagined by Epic. Image: Epic Games
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In the right corner... Epic Games! In the left corner... The FTC, as imagined by Epic. Image: Epic Games

A pair of unanimous 4-0 decisions have seen Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, charged $520 million for violating children's privacy and tricking customers into making unwanted purchases.

Epic will pay the USA's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $275 million for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and another $245 million for fooling users. The latter paymen...

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