Apple agreed to pay the sum of $ 32.5 million to reimburse some of its customers following a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission. The latter relates to how iOS devices allow children to spend real money without parental consent. The FTC relayed the information last Wednesday on its website.
In the original complaint it wrote, the FTC claims that the Cupertino company violated the FTC Act by failing to inform parents that by entering their password on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, unlimited purchases can be done for a period of 15 minutes by their children.
In addition to the tax, Apple must modify its billing practices to ensure that it has now obtained the ” free, informed and express consent ”Of its customers before they are billed for in-app purchases. The American giant will have to implement these changes by March 31, 2014.
For several months, stories of astronomical sums spent by children in these in-app purchases were indeed not rare (read: Danny, 5 years old spent 2000 euros in the iPad game Zombies vs Ninjas)… To avoid this arrives, it is possible to activate parental control on your iDevice.