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03-11-2011, 12:05 PM #1
Apple Tightens In-App Purchase Controls in iOS 4.3
Last month we reported that US Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) reached out to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) questioning Apple's "marketing practices of applications for Apple devices. Two weeks later, the Federal Trade Commission responded to Congressman Markey's letter, promising to probe Apple's business practices relating to the concerns expressed. "We fully share your concern that consumers, particularly children, are unlikely to understand the ramifications of these types of purchases," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz wrote.
Apparently, Apple has been listening closely to the growing concerns about its "lax" in-app purchase controls. And, as a result, the controls in question have been tightened as part of the iOS 4.3 update. “In addition to a password being required to purchase an app on the App Store, a reentry of your password is now required when making an in-app purchase,” a representative from Apple reiterated, while not commenting on the possible FTC probe or whether this security tweak would be sufficient to prevent any potential investigation.
Since Apple introduced in-app purchases, thousands of dollars have reportedly been charged in error to user accounts for unintended purchases - most memorably, the shopping spree by a little girl of $99 batches of "Smurfberries" to the total sum value of $1,400 on mom and dad's mobile phone bill. Regardless of the incidents referenced, many believe Apple has been cast in a negative light in response to the failure of some parents to closely monitor the iPhone playtime engaged in by their kids. Still, while the finger of blame may be pointed in every direction, the end result is clear. Apple has made the likelihood of accidental in-app purchases exponentially more difficult.
Source: The Washington Post
03-11-2011, 12:22 PM #2
It's the parents fault for giving there kids the password or not changing it if the child figures it out, my kids don't know the password to my iTunes and won't get it!!
03-11-2011, 12:26 PM #3
Yes!!!! Glad to see this & so are a lot of other parents on MMI.
^ I've never given my child my password but the in-app purchase can get you if it's in that 15 minute 'window' of purchasing.
I don't hover over my daughter while she plays her games nor does any other 'normal' parent that has more than one child. Sometimes she just pushes buttons that she thinks is part of a game but it could result into an in-app purchase. The password protection will stop that from happening.
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03-11-2011, 12:32 PM #4
This is a good reason not to give apple a credit card rather just use prepaid itunes cards. Problem solved. I would be less mad if they blew through $20 than $100 on my credit card.
03-11-2011, 12:35 PM #5
That's a cute pic for the article!
03-11-2011, 12:49 PM #6
Kids should be reading books, learning to count, learning abc etc.
Kids today are way to dependant on lcd screens, games consoles, pc's etc.
Children are also hooked on social networking and as such, in my opinion harming their development and hindering their inter-personal skills.
Net result my kids do not touch my iDevices and are time limited on any other network enabled devices unless it is demonstrated to be for educational purposes.
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03-11-2011, 12:58 PM #7
I'm 19 and was thinking this the other day, like when I have kids, will they even know what 'I Declare War' is/was?
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03-11-2011, 01:15 PM #8
@chillihound & Jlick,
All three of mine are ALWAYS playing outside and/or playing with friends. They're social skills aren't being hindered at all! You just have to be responsible and find a happy medium (which my wife is gr8 at doing)!!!
She spends hours a day reading/teaching/challenging them so 30 min on an idevice isn't going to cripple their development. BTW, most of our idevice apps for the kids are educational.
03-11-2011, 02:08 PM #9
No more excuses for unwanted smurfberries!
03-11-2011, 02:36 PM #10
At least there can be no more parental excuses. I have never played this particular game but in app purchases that I've paid for have always popped up a message within iOS stating to agree to a payment before it goes through and show how much the purchase is in dollars and cents. Other gaming platforms do the same thing. If that isn't warning enough about spending actual money I don't know what is. It just amazes me that so many parents can be so inept at times. They claim their kids are young but yet their kids have the where with all to press a BUY button and AGREE to a payment and not DECLINE it just by randomly pressing buttons.
I use to work as a customer service rep for an online gaming platform and when parents called in about charges it was always the same excuse. Their kids were not warned about the charges when in fact the system will state with a pop up message that what they are agreeing to is a monetary charge (purchase). They always say their kids told them they were not warned they would be charged and some even say who reads those pop ups? Just poor parenting in my mind blaming the system and not taking responsibility for their kids own actions. I even had one parent blame his dog for making a game add-on purchase. Just insane."To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
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03-11-2011, 04:01 PM #13
Technology is progressing as the years go on, we are advancing. It's not the stone age anymore. BUT I do think kids these days need to get outside more, obesity is spreading like a cancer.
And really...why put time limits on ur own kids iPods? -.- that's stupid....music mite actually help them (it helps me concentrate)
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03-11-2011, 05:10 PM #16
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
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03-11-2011, 06:01 PM #17
This is the smartest idea. It should've been there from the first place to retype the password again before the final purchase. Very good idea.
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03-11-2011, 08:50 PM #19
I never read books, but I read a lot of forum sites. I guess those could make up for books.
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03-11-2011, 10:41 PM #20