FTC has regarded into Epic’s dealing with of kids’s private info
An Epic Video games govt revealed in the present day that the corporate has caught the attention of the Federal Commerce Fee relating to privateness practices.
In testimony in the course of the firm’s court docket case in opposition to Apple in the present day, Epic’s head of enterprise and technique for on-line companies Thomas Ko was requested about safety of buyer info.
Whereas safety for such issues was dealt with by a special division inside Epic, Ko stated he was a stakeholder and would pay attention to such issues.
When requested if Epic ever had any points with improperly amassing or utilizing details about prospects below the age of 13, Ko stated he did not recall.
Apple’s lawyer adopted up, “You do not recall for those who’ve heard about that or not?”
Ko answered, “I used to be a part of the lawyer privileged crew which can be dealing with requests from the FTC, however that was it.”
The lawyer then instructed the decide he had additional questions on the topic however steered they be requested throughout a sealed session not open to the general public.
An Epic consultant declined to remark for GamesIndustry.biz, referring us as a substitute to Ko’s testimony.
A consultant with the FTC additionally declined to remark.
The FTC is chargeable for enforcement of the Youngsters’s On-line Privateness Safety Act (COPPA), a legislation that requires those that run on-line companies to acquire parental consent earlier than amassing youngsters’s particular person info and to restrict the scope of the data they gather as a lot as potential, amongst different issues.
Quite a few gaming and expertise firms have settled FTC COPPA costs previously decade, together with Miniclip, HyperBeard, TikTok, RockYou, and TinyCo. In 2019, Google agreed to pay a $170 million civil penalty to settle allegations of COPPA violations by YouTube.