Apple to refund US parents over 'pay to play' games

Apple will refund at least $32.5 million (£19.8 million) to US consumers whose children made in-app purchases without their consent, the US Federal Trade Commission announced.

Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will also be required to change its billing practices to make sure it has obtained "express, informed consent from consumers" before charging them for items sold in mobile apps.

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Apple will refund at least $32.5 million (£19.8 million) to US consumers following the complaint Credit: PA Wire

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said the complaint alleges that Apple did not inform account holders that entering their password would open a 15-minute window during which unlimited charges could be made with no further action by the account holder.

In-app purchases also face criticism in the UK from consumers who say their children have run up huge bills without their knowledge.

Read our guide on how to turn off in-app purchases on your iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Android devices

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