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FTC sues Amazon after kids buy millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized purchases

Here's another reason you need to watch the kids or grandkids while they're playing games on your device.

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Amazon for charging parents for kids' unauthorized app purchases.

"Amazon's in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents' accounts without permission," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "Even Amazon's own employees recognized the serious problem its process created. We are seeking refunds for affected parents and a court order to ensure that Amazon gets parents' consent for in-app purchases."

Sound familiar at all? It should. The FTC recently won a battle against Apple to refund parents for the same thing. In that case, Apple settled for $32.5 million. Google is guilty of the same, too. 

In wake of this, Amazon changed its in-app purchase policy in June of 2014; however, some parents wallets are still taking a beating.

Stay tuned to what's Happening Now and I'll keep you updated on the case as it progresses. In the meantime, don't let your kids rack up crazy charges.

To turn off in-app purchases in Apple gadgets, go to Settings>>General>>In-App Purchases and turn it off. Android users will need to open up the Google Play Store, go to Settings>>User Controls>> Use Password to restrict purchases, then set a password and save.

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Source: Gizmodo
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