Following FTC’s complaint, Apple has agreed to refund at least worth of $32.5 million to those parents, whose children racked up charges buying in-app purchases such as pet foods, gems or extra life etc on their iPhones and iPads.
A complaint by the United States Federal Trade Commission forced Apple to agree to refund the millions of dollars used for in-app purchases by children without the consent of parents.
According to the complaint, Apple has not informed the parents that when entering the password on an iDevice could leave the device open for 15-minutes for further transactions, that could also leads to unlimited purchases by children.
Meanwhile, the settlement suggested that all apps are involved in the agreement in which children made the unauthorized purchases. Apple also will be changing the in-app purchase methods after the huge settlement agreement, so that it avoid making mistakes.
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in the statement:
“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. You cannot charge consumers for purchases they did not authorize.”
The agreement hasn’t finalized yet, but after that Apple has 12 months to pay the refunds to affected consumers.
The news could be fascinating for those affected parents, but for Apple, that could be a fraction of what they revealed the whopping $10 billion of App Store revenue in 2013.