Google to Refund $19 Million for Children's App Purchases

Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 01:02 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Google has agreed to issue at least $19 million in refunds to consumers whose children made app purchases from its Google Play store without parental consent, officials said Thursday.

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google agreed to the settlement to resolve a probe into "unfair" practices by billing consumers for charges by children made within kids' apps since 2011.

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement that in the age of 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."

The in-app charges are a component of many apps available from Google Play and can range from 99 cents to $200, according to the consumer regulatory agency.

In some apps used by children, users are invited to accumulate virtual items but sometimes are billed without the knowledge of their parents.

Google has also agreed to update its practices to ensure that it receives parental consent for the purchases.

The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this year with Apple, which agreed to pay $32.5 million.

The FTC in July sued Amazon as part of its investigation into in-app purchases by children, but no settlement has been announced.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Reich: Joining Middle Class Should Not Require 4-Year Degree

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:53 PM

Many believe a four-year college degree is a ticket to a middle-class lifestyle, but former Labor Secretary Robert Reich . . .

Short-seller Fleckenstein: 'Stock Market More Crash-Prone Than Ever'

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:33 PM

Many Wall Street strategists have raised their stock-market targets in recent days, as major indices continue to notch r . . .

Bond Traders See More Turbulence Ahead for US Interest Rates

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 18:23 PM

Rising volatility in U.S. interest rates is seen in coming months as traders expect the Federal Reserve to move away fro . . .

Most Commented
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved