Microsoft to pay $20 million FTC settlement over improperly storing Xbox account information for teenagers

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Microsoft is ready to pay the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) a $20 million settlement over prices that the corporate violated the Youngsters’s On-line Privateness Safety Act (COPPA). The corporate retained sure private data of youngsters far longer than it ought to have after they made accounts, in line with a press launch.

Microsoft will even must make some adjustments as a part of a proposed order filed by the Division of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the FTC. These adjustments embody telling mother and father {that a} separate youngster account comes with extra privateness protections, requiring mother and father to offer consent for youngster accounts made earlier than 2021, making methods to delete information about essential to get parental consent for a youngsters’ account, and telling…

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