Apple to refund $41.3m for kids' app purchases
Published on Jan 16, 2014 2:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Apple has agreed to refund at least US$32.5 million (S$41.3 million) to US customers for children's purchases from its online App Store without parental consent, US regulators said Wednesday.
The Federal Trade Commission said Apple also agreed to modify its practice - which until now had allowed children to make purchases on an iPhone or iPad 15 minutes after a password was entered.
FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Apple failed to inform parents of the 15-minute window that could allow children to make purchases ranging from one dollar to US$100 for each app.
Ms Ramirez told reporters that because of the loophole, "children ran up millions of dollars in charges without their parents' knowledge and consent," a violation of federal rules.
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