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Amazon will refund $70 million in accidental in-app purchases

Amazon has effectively rescinded its appeal this week against the 2016 federal court decision which found the online retailer guilty of illegally billing users for unauthorized in-app purchases. Amazon had been ordered to provide refunds to those who had been affected.

In 2016, a US federal judge ruled that Amazon had failed to properly inform users before charging for in-app purchases, which are frequently found in free-to-play games. The in-app purchase mechanism failed to offer a password lock that could help parents block their children from making unwanted in-app purchases while playing games.

More than $70 million worth of in-app charges made between November 2011 and May 2016 will be eligible for the refunds. The refund program will be operated by Amazon, though there are no details on when it will start. Amazon won't just be doling out store credit either; it was ordered to deliver the refunds as paper checks or direct deposits.

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4 Comments
  • Oh cool, are we going to have another "this shouldn't be necessary because parents should be watching what their kids are doing every second they're using a tablet" thread?
  • Well yah, don't blame Amazon for your kids buying sutff....
  • Would never expect the general populace to be smart enough to comprehend that, "...oh there's likely a charge for that in app purchase and I shouldn't press the button unless I'm ready to spend said amount???" Closely followed by, "oh no...my children would never just buy everything the app had to offer...oh no, they'd know better." A few seconds putting a password on the app store of a child's phone could've prevented all this from happening. It's called personal responsibility folks, but when has anyone ever accepted that about themselves???
  • Absolutely agree. It's easier to sue than to be responsible for one's own actions. Particularly true in the US