The Federal Trade Commission has approved a settlement between Apple and angry parents who say they were unfairly charged when their kids bought in-app purchases on their iPhones or iPads without the parents' approval.
In the complaint, the FTC alleged that Apple failed to tell parents that entering a password one time while making an initial purchase also approved subsequent purchases for a 15-minute window in which unlimited charges could be made without authorization. The complaint provided examples of parents who were incurred thousands of dollars in in-app purchases by their children without their consent.
The agency's approval paves the way now for Apple to begin $32.5 million in refunds to customers whose children paid for in-app purchases without their parents' approval. Apple agreed to settle with the affected customers last January. Apple must send a notification to those affected customers by April 15 with instructions on how to obtain their refund.