Apple, Google, and Amazon have all been under fire for their policies on in-app purchases. Many claim that it was too easy to complete these purchases, causing kids to buy hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of crap from apps that allow it. Apple and Google have since changed their policies to make it harder, but the FTC still wanted both companies to offer refunds.
Google has now settled with the FTC and will be offering refunds to people, with a minimum of $19 million dollars being returned. If you’re eligible, you will receive information from Google on how to apply for the refund. While that seems like a hefty sum of money, Apple had to settle for $32.5 million.
Amazon has taken a different approach so far, fighting the lawsuit instead of settling. While it may not be the smartest idea, Amazon refuses to get rid of its easy one click purchasing method that it has become known for. Plus, it can be argued that the company offering purchases shouldn’t be blamed for kids making these purchases when they were allowed free reign with a mobile device. But Google decided to settle, and it’s probably better off doing so.