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Apple settles with parents of children who made in-app purchases

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Apple settles with parents of children who made in-app purchases
Apple reached a settlement of a class action suit that involved children making real money in-app purchases without understanding the expenses involved. The case originally revolved around a child in Pennsylvania who spend approximately $200 to make in-app purchases to help keep virtual fish alive in a video game. The name of the game involved is called "Tap Fish". While Apple does require a password for the IAP, the father who brought the suit, Garen Meguerian, suggested in his filing that Apple require a different password for in-app purchases than the one used to purchase an app from the App Store.

With Tap Fish, children spent real money to save virtual fish

With Tap Fish, children spent real money to save virtual fish

Apple will give those making claims as part of the class, a $5 credit for iTunes. If the amount that is claimed to have been spent by a minor without permission exceeds $5, Apple will issue a credit for that amount. Claims of more than $30 will be paid in cash. Those filing a claim must prove that a minor purchased the "game currency" and did not receive the password from the adult owner of the Apple device used to make the purchase.

A federal judge will still need to make a preliminary approval of the settlement. Once that takes place, Apple will send out a notification and start accepting claims. Once the deadline to file a claim is over, a judge will make the final approval and the payouts will begin. That probably won't happen until later this year or early next year. Meanwhile, feel free to checkout the settlement papers below along with an appearance of Tap Fish on The Daily Show.

source: TheDailyShow, Scribd via TUAW

   

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posted on 26 Feb 2013, 07:15 1

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 1709; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


"Those filing a claim must prove that a minor purchased the "game currency" and did not receive the password from the adult owner of the Apple device used to make the purchase."

Father to Son - "Now...just like we talked about, tell the nice judge it's your fault ok?"

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 07:42

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Difficult to prove.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 11:12

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1709; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Not if you've trained your kid to cry at will.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:55 3

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3304; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't understand how this is Apple's fault. It's the parent's responsibility to monitor their child's use of iDevices. Apple easily allows IAPs to be shut off and restricted.

I think Apple is being generous in this case and just trying to make the parents happy.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 10:00 3

4. wumberpeb (Posts: 421; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


I don't understand how this is Apple's fault either. Piss poor parenting, covered up by trying to make a few bucks off a filthy rich company. That's a sad story. Maybe your kids don't need an iPod Touch at 5 years old then, huh?

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 15:43 1

7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Right there with you on this one. What happened to taking some personal responsibility? I'm not ridiculously old (late 20s), but if I pulled this when I was a kid, apart from her beating my ass, she would have taken my iPod away until I was a teenager unless I was supervised. Not for a moment would she have sued Apple. My mom would have trusted me to follow her rules and as soon as I broke that trust, she would have put me at fault.

I'm so tired of this crap of not taking personal responsibility. When I sold iPhones, I told parents that they have to monitor their children in these apps because they can buy things. Make sure the kid knows the rules. Some parents are lazy and just say, "Hey, go play with this..." and this is what you get for it. Apple should have acted like these folks were Samsung and kept them in court.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 11:54

6. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I would assume you are not a parent...

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