Apple hinted to the FTC that the agency should investigate the Google Play Store

Back in January of this year, Apple agreed with the FTC and refunded $32.5 million for app purchases made by children using the Apple App Store, without parental approval. And the story might have ended there, dying a journalistic death. But as it turns out, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell subsequently sent an email to the FTC, telling the agency that it should investigate the rival Google Play Store based on a magazine article.
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19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I'll sue Ford because it let my child go wild for 30 minutes. The exact same window that Google allows you to do more purchases after you've entered your password.

21. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

Of course you would. You would also lose that case, waste a ton of money in legal fees, and be made into a goddam laughingstock as your "case" makes the rounds of all the news sites. Best of luck with that.

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I don't find Apple's act of kindness funny at all. Did I miss anything?

34. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You have it wrong. You left the kid in the car with the keys in the ignition and now you want Ford to play for the subsequent damage.

57. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think Google changed the policy. It was in response to some Apple lawsuit for in app purchases, then Google got hit with one as well. I think its requires a password for each transaction now. Again, not too sure. But they did update some stuff related to in app purchases.

12. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

so because one had to pay, they all should pay? and that makes it right? i would say that it is unfortunate that apple had to pay anything in the first place.

14. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

Apple didn't HAVE to pay. They chose to allow these "parents" to once again shirk their responsibility and place the blame on someone else for their child's actions.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with this...but saying... Hey look at them too...reeks of pettiness. And Google had measures in place to try to stop this before Apple did. Google did just update the features to it tho.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Seriously, how dumb do some of these children have to be to spend so much $$$ on something that doesn't really even exist? It just takes a little common sense...

13. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

In fairness, children ARE idiots. The fault lies entirely with their "parents" who just throw athem a tablet and say "go nuts, just leave me alone".

25. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Typical Apple. This is the Jobs mentality still permeating the company - deflect by trying to make others look bad, mistakenly believing it makes you look better. Worked out great when they tried to get the FTC to investigate Amazon ebooks. Net result, Amazon innocent, Apple convicted of ebook price fixing. Too funny.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

This is utter Apple hogwash!! In the first place our Android children aren't stupid like those iOS rugrats; we teach our children to be smart and do smart things in life. And, in the second place *smacks teeth, rolls neck*, we supervise our children instead of letting them run around like wild animals in an app store!

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

1st of all Apple need to be QUIT BEING A Bytch. And stop paying/lobbying with the FTC in ruling their favor.

30. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

"If I'm going down, you're down with me" mentality. Stay classy Apple....

35. mcaleer1

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I think the real problem lies with developers thinking its ok to have in-app purchase buttons with excessive dollar values on children's applications. How is the average parent suppose to be aware of the $100 smurf berry button the developer sneakily placed inside of an app.

40. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

Because anyone that owns a smartphone or tablet should know damn well that in app purchases are a thing. If they don't, then the last thing they should do is lettheir children use them unsupervised. Any way you justify or rationalize it, it boils down to parents not doing their jobs by telling them "don't download ANYTHJNG without asking first" and for letting them play unsupervised. This is what happens when you let a screen babysit your kid. It is not apples fault (and I freaking HATE apple) and it isn't Googles fault either.

49. engineer-1701d unregistered

they tell you when you say install this is what this app has in it, contacts phone calls and money in app per.

36. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

This is a serious problem that needed to be looked into! WHY are you angry that Apple wants to make sure that something bad doesn't happen to their competitors? Apple fixed their problem, now it's time for the other guys to do the same! Do you wan't your kids to spend $6,000 dollars in Google Play? That's what I thought.

39. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't know if Apple has them but on Android and Windows tablets you can set up different profiles with restrictions. This is good if you have children. Also, after an initial purchase in the play store it asks you if you want to leave a Window open or require a password for each purchase. Also, Apple did this out of spite and nothing more.

43. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Maybe they did, doesn't mean that the problem shouldn't be investigated on other platforms. If Google did this, you'd say, "Suck it Apple", because in your, mind Apple is always wrong and Google is always right. If you're going to blindly hate on Apple, then you shouldn't be here in the comments,

46. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't think Google would do something like that. It's a b#tch move.

56. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That's because Google doesn't have to do that. They spend loads of money, as do Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, and many other notable tech firms on lobbying to "buy" influence. That is why Google gets a free pass or a slap on the wrist whenever they have to answer to the government (Street View, "Do Not Track" browser manipulation, privacy concerns, search monopoly, etc.). Apple, on the other hand, does not pay truckloads of money to politicians. When they run afoul of the Feds, they get smacked, while Amazon is allowed to run amok and use predatory pricing and strong arm tactics to maintain their near monopoly in books.

50. engineer-1701d unregistered

fine as long as apple stops sueing poeple lets just say google and wp made it 15 min win then apple would sue saying we invented that notion of 15 min window. like apple always does sue sue sue get money to recover from giving money back.

41. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

No. It is a parenting/supervision issue,and it is easily remedied by -wait for it- parenting their kids.

44. jcarmonausf

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Snitches get stitches Apple

58. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

B*tch move apple...not surprising...
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