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Apple will refund at least $32.5M inapp class action lawsuit

01-16-2014, 01:34 AM
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Apple will refund at least $32.5M inapp class action lawsuit

Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

http://m.washingtonpost.com/business...1-f0feafdd1394

Looks like Apple will have to be refunding alot of money for children's inapp purchases.

Now, I hope some crafty lawyer can start a class action lawsuit against Apple to stop bait and switch premiums to freemiums. That should be illegal as well.
01-16-2014, 01:37 AM
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So Apple is being held accountable by negligent parents? How do you give your children your credit card info and account password? Not to mention all the people who lie about it so they won't have to pay. Anyway, Apple will probably just go and give them gift cards so they end up keeping the money.

01-16-2014, 02:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Based Xatu View Post
So Apple is being held accountable by negligent parents?
I'm sure if parents knew of the sickening and exploitive IAP schemes available on the AppStore they would have been more careful.

Now you know what the target audience is of the scumbag developers who put one hundred dollar IAP options in their games.
01-16-2014, 02:39 AM
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They deserve it. But I still like there products.
01-16-2014, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by SumoSplash View Post
I'm sure if parents knew of the sickening and exploitive IAP schemes available on the AppStore they would have been more careful.

Now you know what the target audience is of the scumbag developers who put one hundred dollar IAP options in their games.
This ^
01-16-2014, 07:54 AM
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It's a shame it's only for USA residents.. It brings me great pleasure knowing they will finally be held accountable for their shoddy actions. Hopefully they might consider reducing the maximum IAP price, I think $20 is a fair amount, anything higher is dodgy, in most cases.

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01-16-2014, 08:41 AM
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I'm on both sides with this and was gonna start a discussion later today.

I believe it happens by accident, especially with the not having to enter password after for so long.

But I also think parents need to take responsibility and educate not just their children but also themselves.

Kids have access to so much technology these days and I really don't believe it's apples or the government or teachers or whatever to be held responsible for things like this for the bulk of the time, it's the parents. You are not just giving a kid game to play when you hand them your tablet, or give them a phone, you are giving them access to things that they shouldn't be. And you know in some cases parents are aware of the risks but still give them passwords for an easy life so they can download games. My best friends neight year old boy has been discovered to have watching extreme pornography on his phone. In her eyes it's the phones company fault because it was registered to a 9 year old. Nope. It's her fault for not making sure it was restricted. Has she learnt? No he still has iPad etc unsupervised and was then caught phoning babe station channels etc.

Kids are much brighter than they get credit for and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them knew exactly what they were doing and lie to the parents afterwards. A toddler doing it maybe, but then I wouldn't leave a toddler with an expensive device unattended anyway, but after the age of four, they are capable of understanding that you ask before you buy.

My daughter is 8 and from the toddler years she has had access to the internet and gaming consoles. (She's a mummy girl) and from an early age i have drummed into her about the dangers and keeping passwords safe etc. if she has asked to join a site I check it out first, all iOS games are checked on my device before going on hers. Anything I'm unsure about I check it first. I've never had to block iaps or the PC equivalent because I trust her, she always checks with me if any pop up comes up and even checks about allowing push notification. It's just second nature to her.
I get that some parents some know nothing about technology but blocking iaps and parental locks are the very basics, the same parents will no doubt have Facebook accounts, if they navigate that shit, then they can set up controls to keep their kids safe.

Just recently I set up my three nephews iPads, explained dangers to mum, and I found out they all have the password now, it's a matter of time before they buy gems and I'll bet you a hundred quid, it won't be her fault In her eyes.

Sorry for long post, in short, accidents happen, and they should be refunded but I bet over half amount apple has to pay could have easily been avoided by parents taking responsibility and ensuring kids don't have passwords and are not left unattended when online.

Last edited by cloudpuff; 01-16-2014 at 08:44 AM.
01-16-2014, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Connector View Post
Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

http://m.washingtonpost.com/business...1-f0feafdd1394

Looks like Apple will have to be refunding alot of money for children's inapp purchases.

Now, I hope some crafty lawyer can start a class action lawsuit against Apple to stop bait and switch premiums to freemiums. That should be illegal as well.
The "bait and switch" is done by the developers not Apple. But its not even a bait and switch. Read up on retail strategies.

As for this issue? I am still scratching my head why a youngster has a parent's password in the first place with a free flowing credit card attached to their account? Why not gift cards only, etc?

No one wants to take responsibility for their own failures these days.
01-16-2014, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by New England Gamer View Post
No one wants to take responsibility for their own failures these days.
I agree. Devs should definitely take responsibility for putting one hundred dollar IAP in a video game.
01-16-2014, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Gov View Post
They deserve it. But I still like there products.
Apple deserves to pay out because of stupid parents? Don't think so.