A kid's in-app purchases are leading to a lawsuit for Google

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 6 months ago)

A team of angry parents are taking Google to court over their kids' accidental in-app purchases, after a New York-based mother found that her five-year-old son had spent $65.95 on in-app purchases while playing a game on a Samsung Galaxy tablet. According to the class action lawsuit, in-app purchases for addictive apps are advertised too openly to kids. Google's lax password control also means that all it takes is inputting your password once in order to make a string of Play Store purchases, for at least thirty minutes. "Google has unfairly profited by marketing free or low-cost games to children and by permitting them to easily rack up charges for worthless in-game currency, by failing to incorporate reasonable controls such as simply requiring the entry of a password," said Shanon J. Carson, an attorney representing the parents.

She also noted that Apple had faced an identical lawsuit the year before, and had responded by increasing the security of its in-app structure: "Google is certainly aware that its primary competitor, Apple, has taken steps to end this unfair practice, and Google should do the same."

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