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Apple Settles In-App Purchase Lawsuit, Offers iTunes Credits and Refunds to Parents

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  1. macrumors bot



    Apple has settled a lawsuit brought in 2011 after children ran up hundreds of dollars in spending on in-app purchases in freemium games.

    The company will give iTunes credits to parents who claim their minor bought in-app items without permission and the option of cash refunds for claims over $30.

    Reports GigaOm:
    The FTC looked into parental concerns over in-app purchases, but apparently let the lawsuit run its course before acting. The agency has examined other issues with kids using mobile apps, particularly around privacy. Late last year, the agency expanded the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to cover mobile games and social media.

    Apple will send email notices to the 23 million iTunes account holders who are affected by the settlement. The full settlement document is available on Scribd.

    The company began requiring passwords for in-app purchases in iOS 4.3, soon after concerns over unauthorized purchases came to light. In-app purchases can now also be shut off entirely.

    Article Link: Apple Settles In-App Purchase Lawsuit, Offers iTunes Credits and Refunds to Parents
  2. macrumors 68020


    How is this Apple's fault?
  3. macrumors 6502

    "but I gave my child full access to my phone, and my child did something I didn't want my child to do. WAHHHHHHH IT'S YOUR FAULT APPLE"
  4. macrumors G5


    More like parenting fail. I rarely am on Apple's side on some issues, but this is one where parenting needs to happen. Things as common as telling your kids, don't buy stuff even if its the game are common sense.

    Parenting now a days is easier than ever and yet, parents keep finding the blame anywhere but themselves.
  5. macrumors newbie


    How much of this is just bad parenting?
  6. macrumors 65816

    Why can't there be an option to disable in-app purchases?
  7. macrumors 68020

    At least 95%
  8. macrumors 68000

    Did you read the article? There is that option now, but there wasn't at first.

    I think this is partially Apple's responsibility, since they weren't requesting a password when the in-app purchasing feature was first added, making it too easy for kids to make unauthorized purchases.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Parents out there

    Stop spoiling your kids!

    Go throw them outside and let them play for Christ sake!

    Why back in my days we'd play till it got dark not on our devices.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Ummm.... stealing a credit card?
  11. macrumors 6502


    Our sense of entitlement is out of proportion.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    ohhh you mentioned christ. im offended. lets see how fast the mods take it down.
  13. macrumors regular

    They probably thought people who could afford a 700$ phone or a 2000$ contract wouldn't have a problem with a .99$ app.

    It is not apples fault that parents gave their children access to their credit card. iTunes/ Xbox/ PayPal/ amazon etc do the same thing.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Bunch of lazy parents.:mad:
  15. macrumors 68030


    Yeah, but not suing Apple means you take responsibility for your own actions and children. Besides, Apple has deep pockets... they deserve to be sued!

    Only in America! :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors 65816


    Perhaps someday these kids will grow up and sue their parents for negligence and a lack of ability. Based on articles like this, the courts will side with the kids, who will receive plenty of compensation from their parents. They will then use this money to buy things from Apple.

    Thus completing the circle of stupidity. Yep, Apple is playing the long game.
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  18. macrumors 68000

    This forum is secular
  19. macrumors member


    In my opinion, Apple isn't responsible to reimburse the parents.

    If you link your credit card to your iTunes account you're inviting its use. You wouldn't give your credit card to your child and send him/her into a mall. This is no different.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    It wasn't but it is now. Apple stored the credit card number and let children use the number without parent's approval.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Of course this isn't Apple's fault. But it's only logical for them to appease the ones affected and create (possibly even positive) media coverage.
  22. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    it's not as straightforward as that.

    Many games were designed to take advantage of this fact by making the in-app-purchase deceptively easy to purchase, and it not being very clear that real money was being charged (since no password was required).

  23. macrumors 6502

    Ha, Apple's finally found a use for all it's excess cash!
  24. macrumors 603


    Interesting amount of blame being placed on parents.

    I believe this is Apple's fault. They made the mistake of allowing IAP to be purchased without entering a password. The parent's unwittingly enter their passwords so their kids can download "free" apps (that + in the corner isn't at all intuitive. For several months I thought that meant an app was designed for iPhone and iPad.) The kids then go on to make IAPs without having to enter any passwords.

    While I often agree that parents point their fingers in too many directions, this is one case where parents are in the right and the company they're suing is in the wrong.
  25. macrumors 6502

    So, if all 23 million people do claim, for an average of $10 each. Thats.. expensive.

    I personally don't think it's apples fault.

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