Apple Sued over In-app Purchases

Kara Reeder

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over its old in-app purchasing policies, according to PCWorld.

 

Garen Meguerian of Phoenixville, Pa., the lead plaintiff in the case, says the company's old approach to in-app purchases on iOS devices makes it too easy for minors to make purchases on their parents' accounts. The problem, Meguerian explained, was that once a password is initially entered to download an app, users had a 15-minute window to buy whatever they liked without having to enter the password again.

 

Apple's purchasing policy was changed with iOS 4.3 so that a password is required for all in-app purchases. However, that does not satisfy Meguerian, who blames Apple for allowing what is referred to as a "bait-and-switch business scheme," reports InformationWeek.

 

Apple's in-app purchase policies got attention earlier this year when the Federal Trade Commission said it is looking "closely" at the issues of in-app purchases and whether or not consumers are being unfairly charged.



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