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Apple agrees to refund at least $32.5 million in in-app purchases by kids

The Apple iPad Air is displayed at the Apple Store on Nov. 1 in New York City.
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In a settlement to resolve a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, Apple has agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to consumers whose children purchased in-app features without the consent of the parents, according to a report today from GameSpot.

The FTC, who announced the settlement via its website, alleged that Apple did not properly inform parents that after entering his or her password into an iOS device –– iPad, iPhone, iPod –– unlimited purchases could be made for up to 15 minutes, giving kids almost free reign on the microtransactions.

The in-app rates for these microtransactions range from 99 cents to more than $100 in some cases, with one girl in particular spending $2,600 of her parents money on the game Tap Pet Hotel.

According to the agreement, Apple must change its billing procedure to ensure “express, informed consent” has been obtained, and the company must implement the changes by March 31 of this year.

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