Apple’s App Refund
An agreement between federal regulators and Apple may make parents wince a little less at the sight of their children staring at an iPhone. The Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that Apple had agreed to better ensure parental approval of purchases from the company’s App Store. In addition, Apple will pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to customers whose children made purchases without adequate parental consent.
Last year, a law suit was filled against Apple claiming that “unauthorized” app purchases were made by children on their parents Apple products.
Once a password is entered into your Apps Store, there is a 15 minute grace period where any app can be purchased and downloaded without needed to re-enter the password. This is exactly how many purchases were made without parental consent.
Apple has agreed to refund $3.5 million to the thousands of people who purchased apps without knowing.