Amazon offering over $70M in refunds for kids' unauthorized in-app purchases

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You can apply for a refund if a child made any purchases that were unauthorized.

The FTC had sued Amazon over the charges, but the parties agreed to end appeals in April after a judge's ruling and begin implementing the refund program. Others said that even kids who can not read yet are able to make purchases by just clicking random buttons on the device. The fact that it failed to ask for any password to purchase apps made it very easy for to buy in-game goodies without involving their parents.

If you have a child under 18 years old and they made in-app purchases without your permission between November 2011 and May 2016, you can apply for a refund.

Federal regulators filed a lawsuit in July 2014 saying Amazon charged parents millions of dollars of unauthorized payments for what's known as "in-app purchases", virtual items offered within mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga, The Washington Post reported.

Amazon isn't the first highflying tech giant to find itself in the FTC's crosshairs over unauthorized in-app purchases.

Amazon made some changes in 2012, limiting such purchases to under $20, but that didn't stop kids from making unlimited purchases under that amount and still racking up hellacious credit card bills for mom and dad.

Refund requests can be completed entirely online.

A federal court found Amazon liable for these charges and ordered the company to give refunds.

Then again, there is a set deadline for submissions of the refund request.

The FTC has previously settled similar claims with both Apple and Google. Affected users have a full year to file a request with the company.

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