Apple is again under fire from discontent users. This time, the company is facing a class action lawsuit, for enticing children to make in-app purchases. Kids who play free games are encouraged to buy add-ons, and upgrades, using their parents' iTunes accounts.
These purchases are then billed to the credit cards, associated with their parents' iPhones and iPads. "These games are highly addictive, designed deliberately to be so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of game currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more," says one angry parent.
Apple has called for the case to be dismissed, arguing that there are "parental control" features delivered with iOS devices. Once these options are set, children shouldn't be able to make purchases.
In addition to which, the latest iOS version adds extra steps to make the in-app purchase even tougher.
However, neither parents nor the federal judge accept these explanations. Congressman Edward Markey, who filed the complaints at the US Federal Trade Commission, has pointed out that restrictions are not strong enough for children. Kids tend not to understand the ramifications of their actions and do not understand the purchases made with virtual money.