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Google to Pay $19 Million Over In-App Purchases by Children

Jaclyn Jaeger | September 9, 2014

Google entered into a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission last week to resolve allegations that it unlawfully billed consumers for unauthorized charges incurred by children using its mobile apps.

According to the FTC’s complaint, the unauthorized charges incurred by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store for use on Android mobile devices constituted “unfair” commercial practices in violation of the FTC Act. Many consumers reported hundreds of dollars of such unauthorized charges, according to the complaint.

Under the terms of the settlement, Google has agreed to pay a minimum of $19 million in refunds to consumers who were unlawfully billed since 2011. Google has also agreed to modify its billing practices to ensure that it obtains express, informed consent from consumers before charging...

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