Judge: Ama­zon to re­im­burse cus­tomers for in-app buys by kids

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

SEATTLE:

A fed­eral judge has laid out rules for how Ama­zon must re­im­burse cus­tomers whose kids made in-app pur­chases with­out per­mis­sion. The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion sued the Seattle com­pany in 2014, say­ing it was too easy for chil­dren to spend their par­ents’ money while play­ing games on mo­bile de­vices. The agency set­tled sim­i­lar cases against Ap­ple and Google.

All three com­pa­nies now re­quire a pass­word for in-app pur­chases or an opt-in to en­able pur­chases with­out a pass­word. Seattle US Dis­trict Judge John Coughenour found Ama­zon li­able last spring, but he re­jected the FTC’s re­quest for a $26.5 mil­lion penalty as ex­ces­sive. In­stead, he said Thurs­day that Ama­zon should no­tify af­fected cus­tomers and al­low them to make claims. The judge de­nied Ama­zon’s re­quest to re­im­burse the cus­tomers with Ama­zon gift cards.

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