Apple will refund children’s purchases made without parental authorization


The Federal Trade Commission communicated on Wednesday that Apple will pay at least $ 32,5 million in refunds to customers whose children made purchases in such conditions. The company had received 37,000 claims. Children’s unauthorized purchases were generally from 99 cents to $ 99.99 per in-app charge, but one customer complained that her daughter had spent $2,600 in the app Tap Pet Hotel. Apple has until Mars 31 to come up with a billing system to protect consumers against unauthorized purchases. Children’s applications sold in Apple’s store generated about 44 percent of its revenue from purchases in the last two months.
"This settlement is a victory for consumers harmed by Apple's unfair billing, and a signal to the business community: whether you're doing business in the mobile arena or the mall down the street, fundamental consumer protections apply”, said FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez in a statement related to this case.


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