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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids 88 88

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-your-money-kid dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google has agreed pay $19 million to refund customers unfairly charged for in-app purchases made by children without authorization from their parents. The company has agreed to change its billing practices to ensure that it obtains informed consent from customers before charging them for items sold within mobile apps, according to the FTC. "For millions of American families, smartphones and tablets have become a part of their daily lives," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "As more Americans embrace mobile technology, it's vital to remind companies that time-tested consumer protections still apply, including that consumers should not be charged for purchases they did not authorize.""
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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

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  • Neat! (Score:4, Funny)

    by penguinoid (724646) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @08:05PM (#47831145) Homepage Journal

    I guess I'm going to have my kids buy all the in-app purchases from now on.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:12PM (#47831793)

    I agree, it's insane.

    Google executives should be able to ride through cities on their pet tigers, sipping hundred year-old wine from their golden jewel-encrusted goblets, while shooting commoners in the head for sport. If an police officer approaches, they have the right to declare - "I am a Corporation - see my power, ye serfs, and prostrate thy selves, since I am immune to all laws!"

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.