Apple is making good on its duty to repay $32 million worth of erroneous in-app purchases, sending an email today to many iTunes users providing a method to request a refund.
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Apple sends email offering to refund in-app purchases

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Apple is making good on its duty to repay $32 million worth of erroneous in-app purchases, sending an email today to many iTunes users providing a method to request a refund. Those receiving the email, which is aimed at folks with recent in-app purchases on their accounts, can submit a claim via a provided link to get compensated for unauthorized charges made by a child.

The FTC and Apple reached a settlement earlier this year with a requirement that Apple repay over $32 million worth of in-app purchase claims on the basis that the company did not do enough to make users properly aware of for-pay content. Numerous cases have arisen that involve children racking up huge bills on their parents’ devices due to limited restrictions on “freemium” apps.

The European Commission recently met with representatives from Apple, Google, and other companies to discuss “free to play” apps and games, seeking to create a new set of regulations and guidelines to govern in-app purchases. Apple is taking some proactive steps, including the inclusion of a new dialog window in iOS 7.1 that warns users of the 15 minute purchase window that does not require a user to re-enter a password to download in-app content.

Apple will accept claims for reimbursement though April 15th for those individuals affected. You can check your purchase history for erroneous in-app downloads through your iTunes account.

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