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Free Apps Under Fire

By 10 September 2013General Law

The ACCC has joined a long list of consumer watchdogs that are concerned over the growing trend of free apps on mobile phones and tablets. Many supposedly free apps trick or mislead their users, often children, into making in-app purchases to advance through the game.

The ACCC will meet with both Apple and Google to discuss how best to combat this issue. Parents have reported bills ranging from $50 to $2,000 thanks to purchases made by their children.

Earlier this year a class-action lawsuit against Apple was settled after a girl from Pennsylvania purchased $200 in virtual money from 3 free games.

Google has announced that its latest Android Operating System will contain an option to restrict in-app purchases.

 

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