Children on smart-phones apps spending spree

Using a smart-phone is mega-fun especially when there are millions of free apps to be downloaded. Some of these apps get quite addictive to use and sometimes one doesn’t (really?) mind paying for the in-app purchases that seem like chicken feed.

However, when a New York mother on discovered that her five-year-old son was able to spend $66 (£39) buying digital crystals within five minutes of downloading a free game called Marvel Run Jump Smash, she was furious!

Without wasting time, she filed a legal case against Google on behalf of other angry parents in the US over purchases their children have made in games and apps without their consent.

A statement from law firm Berger & Montague, which is representing parents, said:

“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 has requiring the entry of a password.”

Last year, Apple agreed to refund customers to the tune of $32.5m over similar purchases when it received tens of thousands of complaints from parents about unauthorized in-app purchases by children.

One woman said that her daughter had spent $2,600 in one app.

 

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