The video game company Epic Games must pay 520 million dollars in fines -one of 275 million and another of 245 million- as a result of having violated the privacy of minors by collecting personal information for its game Fortnoso, and also for using methods “” with the aim of obtaining subscribers and data for the video game.
The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have informed of the agreements they have reached with the company so that it is responsible for the crimes. Epic Games has settled with the United States Department of Justice for 275 million dollars for having violated the privacy of minors – the highest fine imposed to pay for the violation of the United States Children’s Internet Protection Act -.
On the other hand, the company will pay 245 million dollars that will be used to directly return money to video game consumers. In this case, Epic Games will allow “misleading” settings for users of the game, including children and adolescents, they will subscribe and their data will die. In its lawsuit, the Department of Justice alleged that Epic Games had knowingly collected personal information from minors, including their names and email addresses, and had identified and logged them to track their in-game activity, purchases, and even their payments. friends lists.
In addition, Epic Games failed to notify the parents of the children that it had collected that information, as required by law, and also broke the rules when it showed that adult Fortnite players came into contact with underage players. The Department of Justice hopes that this “historic” agreement will serve as an “example” for all video game providers, and found that it “will not tolerate” the collection of information about minors without parental consent, prosecutor Vanita Gupta has pointed out.
“Parents have the right to know and consent before the company collects information about their children,” said Associate Attorney Brian M. Boynton, responsible for Civil Law at the Department of Justice. For her part, the director of the FTC, Lina M. Kain, has stressed that protecting citizens, especially children and adolescents, is a “priority” of this body.