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According to the Washington Post , yesterday Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) encouraged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take another look at Apple, specifically the Cupertino-based company's "marketing practices...
02-09-2011, 12:26 PM #1
FTC Encouraged by US Lawmaker to Probe Apple Practices
According to the Washington Post, yesterday Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) encouraged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take another look at Apple, specifically the Cupertino-based company's "marketing practices of applications for Apple devices." Markey's concern, in case you're wondering, originates from reports that many apps and programs tailored to young audiences - children in particular - "may not adequately inform users of potential charges."
Markey expressed his concern in a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Liebowtiz. According to the Post article, it was another Washington Post piece that Markey cited as evidence of Apple's questionable practices. Last Tuesday, the venerable publication ran a story about how several in-app purchases on iPad, iPod and iPhone games (among those named were Smurfs' Village and Tap Zoo) eventually shocked parents when they discovered their little ones' substantial purchases.
Children used parents' passwords to make real charges on the games. In some cases, children made purchases without even using iTunes passwords because of a 15-minute window for downloads and charges that don't require a password.
The FTC is yet to offer formal comment on the matter.
02-09-2011, 12:35 PM #2
Its kinda of our fault.... we give our kids too much
Why does any Kid under 10 need a phone? ( Don't tell me its because they are out and about under 12 kids need constant supervision)
I think a way to block such apps would be the easy solution by Apple.
lock on Itunes on the phone or Ipod when you want to enable it.
then kids cannot DL anything without you knowing it.
also games should not be able to charge a dime without you knowing.
02-09-2011, 12:36 PM #3
Those dang smufberries get me every time
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02-09-2011, 12:47 PM #4
it saddens me that this MORON is repping Massachusetts. He should just shut his mouth like the rest of the do nothing politicians in mass and collect his fat paycheck. $99 batches of smurfberries. Parental Control... yeah. You need a license to drive a car but not one to procreate. Dear lil madison kay, thx for your $1400 purchase. your parents lack commonsense and shouldn't be able to get you that lil baby brother you want so bad."they're trashing our rights. hack the planet!"
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02-09-2011, 01:02 PM #5
So why should Apple be investigated if it's clearly a matter of dumb people inability to proper config their children iPhone restrictions???
02-09-2011, 01:05 PM #6
This article in a nutshell:
"Dumb people do dumb things and another dumb person gets annoyed"
02-09-2011, 01:08 PM #7
Why is this a deal and not other things? Like unlimited internet thats not unlimited or selling service and contracts for areas that do not have 3g and signal?
Hmm makes you wanna scream..............
02-09-2011, 01:12 PM #8
it is not a lack of control or configuration of the device. that stupid game lets you purchase without warning or even asking for iTunes password. my wife tapped by mistake the "berries" or whatever you call them and it automatically purchased $5.00 worth of that thing, without inputting any password or any confirmation screen.... that game SUCKS!! it got automatically deleted. Farmville has the same thing that you can purchase "farm bucks" or whatever, but you have to confirm the purchase so if you click by mistake, you can exit without buying anything...
02-09-2011, 01:38 PM #9
Please, tell mom and dad an iPhone is not a toy.Nothing in life is easy.
02-09-2011, 01:44 PM #10
Lawmakers are asking FTC to probe practices? Really?! Seriously, as parents, you are responsible to watch your kids do on iPhones!Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
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02-09-2011, 02:08 PM #11
Bought my son a brand new iPod Touch 4 for his birthday, not the phone (VoIP seems to keep him pretty busy talking and texting away to his friends using TextNow), anyways, he started playing Pocket Legends and asked me to buy him in-game currency. I gave a him the green light a couple times, no biggie. He started using my iPad to play on a bigger screen, he really got into that game and another called SevenSwords which I confess I played a couple times lol, impressive game. Here's where it gets funny, he goes on Cydia and installs UDID faker and puts his iTouch UDID into the iPad and goes on a spending spree using my iTunes account, SevenSwords won't let you log in from another device -- close to $340.00 in 2 weeks!!! Buying coins and god knows what else, I noticed he stopped asking me for money to buy stuff. This last Monday I get a call from his principal, turns out he got in trouble for using a proxy server to get past the network security, he was charging kids to jailbreak their devices, I tried to discipline him and what does he do?! He pulls out $350.00+ and says "Here dad!", I blinked a couple times, the look on the principals face..? Priceless. I don't know if I should take away his toy or let him keep it, ever smile and frown at the same time? I swear to god, kids today.. All I had in my day was a notepad (an actual notepad lmao) and colored pencils to draw with, GI-Joes and basketballs.. I can't blame Apple, if there is a will, there's a way^^
02-09-2011, 02:41 PM #12
Come on mom and dad, I was just trying to get my smurfberry fix!
I suck your...pinky for smurfberrys man! I.. I got'ta grow'em! Then, then I got'ta shoot them up! Lmao! Too funny!
No doubt, sick to death seeing kids under 10 play with iPhones, even the iPhone 4, and throwing it on the fricken ground! Kids 10-14 don't need an IPhone! They need a normal flip! Play with this! Limit there calls. Save your allowance! Then when you turn 14-16 buy your own!
Parents give children why to much! To much room to play of you will! Shorten that leash! Save some green! Teach them manors. Please!
(yes, I have an 9 year old daughter, yes I practice what I preach! I do spoil, but in the right ways, age appropriate.)
Back to smurfberrys! I need my fix.
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02-09-2011, 02:43 PM #13
02-09-2011, 03:01 PM #14
heres a thought, turn the wifi off and dont let the kid know the password, if its off, they cant make purchases... My 3 year old uses my old 3G for games. he has been since I got my i4. Now he occasionally turns it off and boots into Android but that doesnt hurt anything.
Im actually trying to get my son into tech early so he can make a good life for himself. Gonna teach him programming when he starts school.
02-09-2011, 03:12 PM #15
Gone are the days of personal responsibility... Precisely why this country is going to hell in a handbasket. Legislators seize every opportunity for control of anything they can get their hands on... Nowadays legislators think "how can we do this" rather than "should we do this". Shame on them.
02-09-2011, 03:39 PM #16
02-09-2011, 03:57 PM #17
I didn't get my first phone until I turned 18 lol.
02-09-2011, 04:08 PM #18
Thats the problem here
Like letting 18 month olds trade stocks....... ETrade
Yeah thats helping the country.........LOL
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02-09-2011, 04:49 PM #19
Kids are going to do what they want, this is entirely the parents fault I don't need to be giving kids iPhones even just to play withYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
02-09-2011, 05:12 PM #20
There is a way to enable in app purchases and even restrictions for App purchase.. Parents should be aware of what kids do on any iOS