Apple to refund millions for kids’ in-app purchases

Posted on: 3:25 pm, January 15, 2014, by and

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Apple will refund millions of dollars to consumers after allowing kids to make purchases in apps without their parents’ consent.

Apple will pay at least 32.5 million, after reaching a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday.

FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez said that Apple 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 15-minute window during which children can make additional parental authorization.

These charges generally range from 99 cents to $99.99 per in-app change.

Ramirez said the window allowed children to run up millions of dollars of charges on apps including “Dragon Story” and “Tiny Zoo Friends.”

One consumer complained to the FTC that her daughter had spent $2,600 in the app Tap Pet Hotel, according to Ramirez. Others reported that their kids had racked up as much as $500 in in-app purchases.