“A new class-action lawsuit takes issue with free iPhone games that feature in-app purchases, alleging that Apple’s App Store makes it easy for children to rack up credit card charges without realizing they are spending real-world money,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
“Garen Meguerian of Phoenixville, Penn., filed the suit this week on behalf of himself and other parents and guardians who he believes incurred unauthorized charges for game-related content,” Hughes reports. “Those transactions came from children playing games on iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and making in-app transactions to purchase virtual goods.”
Hughes reports, “The lawsuit notes that Apple has since addressed the issue by requiring a password for in-app purchases. Previously, once users entered their password to download an application, iOS offered a 15-minute window during which additional purchases could be made without entering the password. But Meguerian believes that Apple’s previous policy allowed the company to ‘pocket millions of dollars’ from unauthorized transactions. And even the revised password policy found in iOS 4.3 isn’t enough, he argued.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]