A federal judge has ruled against Amazon in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The judge says Amazon is liable for unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids in its app store.

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The FTC's press release states:

The judge's order in the case finds that Amazon received many complaints from consumers about surprise in-app charges incurred by children, citing the fact that the company's disclosures about the possibility of in-app charges within otherwise "free" apps were not sufficient to inform consumers about the charges.

The FTC previously settled similar disputes with Google and Apple for in-app purchases made by kids in their own app stores. However, Amazon did not make the same decision. Now the FTC says it will ask the judge in the case to rule for "full refunds to consumers as a result of Amazon's actions"