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Google Sued Over App Purchases Aimed At Kids

Posted: March 7, 2014
By: Michael Lipkin
Source: Law360
Practice Areas: Consumer Protection

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 complaint said.

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