(image source: apple) by collin ruaneanchor mikah sargent apple is refunding users who say their kidscharged their credit cards on free apps with in-app purchases. wusa explains the companyâ€™sdecision. reporter: â€œthe company says itâ€™ll settlea lawsuit over so-called â€˜bait apps.â€™ these are games that can be downloaded forfree, but then you charge for game currency -- things like virtual goods or play money.â€ according to gizmodo, more than 23 millionusers were affected by those â€˜bait apps.â€™ lawsuits were filed back in 2011 by parentswho said their children were charging their
credit cards without permission. cnet explainshow kids were able to pull it off. â€œâ€¦ a parent could download a free or paidtitle using their password, then the child â€¦ could proceed to make purchases withoutthose credentials, as long as it was within a certain time period.â€ the register notes apple is more than willingto compensate users who were affected. â€œin the settlement â€¦ apple agreed to paya minimum of $5 in compensation to american claimants who can prove that their childrenbought items â€¦ without permission during a particular 45-day period. â€¦ full refundscould be available if parents meet the above requirements and fill in an online claim form.â€
are credits on kidsâ€™ games even necessary?a writer for ars technica asks â€¦ â€œdo you really need a button in a child'sgame that allows for an immediate purchase of $99.99 worth of virtual fish?â€ apple hopes to get the money back to the affectedusers by the end of the year.