Google settles with the FTC for $19 million over in-app purchases

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Google is now the latest company to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over the ease of in-app purchases, to the tune of $19 million. In a press release from today, the FTC states that the company has agreed to fully refund consumers who claim to be victims of unintended purchases, made mostly by the account-holders’ children, as well as to change how in-app purchases work by making the process more obvious.

In January, Apple chose to settle for $32.5 million over a similar complaint filed by the FTC, and following that, introduced changes to its own app store’s purchasing policy to deter unauthorized purchases. Meanwhile, Amazon rejected the FTC’s proposed settlement in July, even going so far as sending a letter to the…

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