Google to pay back $19 million for in-app purchase settlement

Parents relieved that they can continue to be irresponsible

In the latest in-app purchase settlement, the Federal Trade Commission is tasking Google with paying back $19 million to those whose children, against their parents’ wishes, spent money on in-app purchases in apps downloaded from the Google Play store. The suit leveled against Google was filed for violation of the FTC Act’s prohibition of practices that charge customers for purchases made by childen. The $19 million will reimburse customers for in-app purchases all the way back to 2011.

Google’s violation of FTC policy stems from the fact that there was no requirement fora password or authorization for in-app purchases back in 2011. Although Google did add a notification asking for the account holder’s password in mid-2012, it still did not include the monetary value of the purchase, or that a 30-minute window when the user would not have to enter their password for purchases was taking effect.

This suit comes on the tail of a $32.5 million dollar settlement by Apple in January for the same in-app purchasing violations. In addition, the FTC filed suit against Amazon for the same thing in July. In short, you may be expecting some money in the near future if your children went off gallivanting to the Google Play store and spent your hard-earned cash.

Google to refund $19m in microtransactions [GamesIndustry International]

Brittany Vincent