Apple Settles With FTC Over In-App Purchase Complaints
Apple settled a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchases made by young children without the consent of their parents.By Christian Bryant | January 15, 2014
Apple agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to customers Wednesday, settling a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. That complaint stemmed from customers claiming young children were too easily able to make in-app purchases without the consent of their parents.
Apple users might be familiar with this: After purchasing an app using a password in the App Store, users were allowed to make additional purchases for another 15 minutes without having to submit the password again.
In its complaint, the FTC alleged Apple violated fair business practices by not telling parents about the 15-minute window and then charging them for purchases later made by children.