iOS App Store: Apple to refund apps purchased by children without parent consent

Parents commonly hand over their iPhones to their young ones for entertainment. Not understanding the concept of money, the young one then enters the iOS App Store to have a field day on mummy’s or daddy’s credit card.

Who knows how many of these purchases go unnoticed, but a number of parents have lashed out in demand for reimbursement. Obviously there are measures parents can take to prevent these erroneous purchases; nevertheless, the kind folks at Apple have agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to unsuspecting parents.

Apple spokesman, Steve Dowling urges “Protecting children has been a top priority for the App Store from the very beginning, and Apple is proud to have set the gold standard for online stores by making the App Store a safe place for customers of all ages. Today’s agreement with the F.T.C. extends our existing refund program for in-app purchases which may have been made without a parent’s permission.”

No official guidelines have been provided on receiving a refund, but surely Apple ID’s support team can point you in the right direction. If your little one has made such a purchase, you can submit your inquiry by CLICKING HERE.



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