$32 million refund for kid’s bloopers
Apple to refund millions to parents whose kids made in-app purchases.
A controversial window period of fifteen minutes which allowed users to make in-app purchases after downloading an app on an Apple device has resulted in the tech giants having to refund parents whose kids made accidental purchases
The company offered to make this settlement in response to a US Federal Trade Commission complaint, according to Mashable
The main issue was that the purchases were made in games which would have appealed to kids and that the purchases were made without the parent’s consent
. Apple will now be required to have the expressed informed consent from users before purchases can be made.
Apple had contacted approximately 28 million users who had made in-app purchases in 2013 and 37,000 had filed claims amounting to $US32 million.
This will come as a relief to parents whose app-hungry kids had racked up some big bills. In just fifteen minutes some kids had spent over $1,000, much to their parent’s distress.
In some similar individual cases last year Apple had already refunded users, so the ruling merely formalises the understanding that purchases may not be made without the consent of an adult
In-app purchases include things like boosting game characters by buying virtual ammunition or special powers.
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