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Microsoft Is Set to Pay a $20 Million FTC Settlement Over Improper Data Storage

Microsoft is set to pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a $20 million settlement over charges that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The company retained certain personal information of kids far longer than it should have when they made accounts, according to a press release.

Microsoft will also have to make some changes as part of a proposed order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the FTC. Those changes include telling parents that a separate child account comes with additional privacy protections, requiring parents to give consent for child accounts made before 2021, making systems to delete data about necessary to get parental consent for a kids’ account, and telling other publishers when it “discloses personal information from children that the user is a child,” the press release says.

This is just the latest FTC settlement with a video game company over alleged violations of COPPA. In December 2022, Fortnite developer Epic Games reached a $520 million settlement with the FTC, with $275 million of that over the COPPA violations. Earlier that month, Epic introduced for-kids accounts for FortniteRocket League, and Fall Guys.

Read more at TheVerge.com.

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