Jan 15 2014, 9:20pm CST | by Gene Ryan Briones
Parents will be happy to hear that Apple has just agreed to refund app store purchases that were made without their consent.
The Federal Trade Commission previously filed a complaint against the company for charging millions of dollars to its customers through so-called "bait apps." These apps were free to download, but incurred in-app purchases.
Furthermore, Apple also complied to an FTC mandate requiring the company to change its billing practices and ensure that customers are clearly informed before being charged for their purchases. Apple will pay a minimum of $32.5 million to settle the case and has a March 31 deadline.
"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," she added.
In a letter sent to Apple employees today on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it is a double jeopardy, adding that it didn't feel right for the FTC to sue over a case that had already been settled.
"However, the consent decree the FTC proposed does not require us to do anything we weren’t already going to do, so we decided to accept it rather than take on a long and distracting legal fight," he added.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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