Jul 11 AT 1:20 PM Dima Aryeh 2 Comments

Amazon sued by FTC for lack of safeguards against unauthorized purchases in Appstore


You’ve probably heard of Apple’s trouble with App Store billing. Kids have purchased hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of apps and in-app purchases trying to play those pesky pay-to-play games. This resulted in the FTC forcing Apple into making some changes to the billing process, making it more resistant to unauthorized purchases.

However, it looks like Amazon does not want to follow those same rules, and the FTC has taken notice. The FTC is now suing Amazon for not creating similar safeguards for the Amazon Appstore. Amazon prides itself on its quick purchase process, even having a patent on 1-Click Purchases on the main site, so creating such safeguards will slow the process down and remove what essentially defines Amazon.

On one hand, it would be great if Amazon would implement some safeguards to make it easier to manage billing. Accidents happen, and having a huge bill from such a silly accident is no fun. On the other, children should be taught to not make purchases without permission, and this applies to any product. But for now, the lawsuit will drag on. Who are you rooting for, and what’s your stance on the issue?

Via: Android Police

Source: FTC

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Brandon Horwath

    As a parent, I’m responsible for my children’s actions. If I’m not completely educated about their device access, either their PC’s, tablets, Kindle’s or whatever then I can’t guarentee the exposure my kids receive. That’s a big fail.

    Users should be aware of the level of access a device is capable of, and capable of limiting. Even for specific apps. For example, until Netflix implements profile security that app is restricted to my oldest who understands ‘Kid Friendly’ is the only profile to watch from.

    But, app purchasing is like video game ratings. As a parent you’re the first and last line of defense as the responsible party to protect your children or not. It takes communication, trust, constant monitoring, and a lot of effort on the part of the parent(s).

  • Louie

    I am a developer and a consumer of Apple products. My 3 year old is very capable of navigating an iPad, playing games and serving up YouTube Video (Peppa-Pig). The problem is many in app purchases such as with game, are not obvious you are making a purchase. Some developers (maybe no maliciously but ignorantly) do not make that transaction obvious. The kids think, oh more start… yes gimme more stars… now $20 bucks later the dead is done. So it is not always possible to simply teach your child not to make purchase as many cannot even read.

    Some farm game has the ability to make crops and see them to a store. You can then buy (in the game) sead to plant more crops. So when an in app module pops up to buy (for real) something you may need, whats the difference?