Apple refund millions for kids? It sound weird. Apple will refund millions of dollars to consumers after allowing kids to make purchases in apps without their parent’s consent. The giant gadget company will pay at least $32.5 million after reaching a settlement with the Federal Trade Commision.
Apple need to pay after failed to notify parents that once they enter their Apple passwords for children to buy virtual items for games on their iPhones and iPads, they leave open a 15 minute window during which children can make additional and unlimited in-app purchases without additional parent authorization.
The charges range from 99 cents to $99.99 per in-app charge.
During that time children can run up millions of dollars of charges on apps including ‘Dragon Story’ and ‘Tiny Zoo Friends’. One parent complained to the FTC that her daughter had spent $2,600 in the app Tap Pet Hotel.Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers who have been affected and has emailed consumers who may have been impacted by unauthorized charges.Apple in their statement said protecting children has always been a top priority for the App Store.
Prior to the settlement, Apple alreday modified its billing practices by notifying parents of the 15 minute window and giving them the option to cancel at any time. Apple has also already settled a class action lawsuit with parents who said the company’s policy let their children rack up charges without their permission.
Source :- Money CNN
// Great for consumer but it is warning for parent to beware about it. Always check your kids if they spent to much on gadget. It could cost you maybe a monthly salary…