Google, Inc. was hit with a putative class action Friday
in California federal court claiming that its app marketplace
exploits children by incentivizing them to spend large amounts of
money on free or low-priced games without requiring them to get
their parents' permission for every purchase.
The suit alleges that many games for Android phones and
tablets are free or just a few dollars to buy, and require parental
permission to buy or download, but gives users a 30-minute window
after that authorization to buy in-app items without asking for a
password again or prompting children to ask their parents for
permission, according to the suit.
"This practice enables minors to purchase game
currency, in one-click large-dollar-amount sums, without entering a
password, causing Google to pocket millions of dollars," the
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