Epic Games to pay $520M to settle Fortnite’s COPPA & FTC Act suit

Epic Games LTD, one of the world’s largest gaming companies, has agreed to pay $520 million in the largest-ever US settlement for violating children’s privacy. The suit brought by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that Epic had collected and shared children’s information without notice or parental consent, made children’s information visible to adult Fortnite players, and used privacy-invasive default settings. As part of the suit, Epic also agreed to a permanent injunction to not use children’s personal information it had already collected. The $520 million includes a $275 million fine and $245 million to refund consumers victimized by “dark pattern” billing practices.

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Major Google and Meta suits hit snags

December 20, 2022

Google received a mixed ruling on a suit alleging the company collected data about people who browsed in “incognito mode.” The federal judge ruled users cannot gain monetary damages on a class-wide basis but did allow the users to proceed with the case to request restricting data collection by Google. In Meta’s case, a federal judge rejected a $37.5 million settlement negotiated by the company and class action lawyers representing an estimated 70 million users. The lawsuit found Meta collected users' IP addresses, revealing general information about location - in violation of a prior privacy policy.

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IT’S THE LAW (12/20/2022)

December 20, 2022

Tanzania recently passed the Personal Data Protection Act and became the fourth East African Community (EAC) country after Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda to have a data protection law. Privacy advocates welcomed the news but have concerns about some aspects of the bill including whether Tanzania’s yet-to-be-established Data Protection Commission would be able to act impartially, whether data subjects would be given power of consent, and how security breach notifications will be handled. But, nevertheless, it’s viewed as a good step forward.

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