Amazon Refuses to Settle with FTC Over In-App Charges
Amazon has made clear to the Federal Trade Commission that it will not settle with the government over claims it didn't adequately prevent customers from making in-app purchases. Consumers complained that children were able to easily make unwanted in-app purchases from Amazon's Appstore. Amazon has operated its own Appstore for Android and Fire OS apps since 2011. The FTC has threatened Amazon with litigation if it fails to sign a consent decree similar to the one signed by Apple earlier this year. Apple settled with the FTC for $32.5 million in order to avoid any courtroom drama. Amazon believes it responded quickly and adequately to the issue at hand and shouldn't be beholden to government action. The company said in a letter to the FTC that it will defend itself in court. The FTC argues that Amazon needs to require passwords for in-app purchases, make warnings more prominent, and make it easier for customers to receive refunds. Amazon has already provided some refunds. The FTC has yet to file formal charges.
Mar 26, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.
Dec 19, 2018
A collection of organizations that monitors services marketed to children and consumers alleges Google's marketing policies in the Google Play Store are misleading and should be investigated. The groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission wherein they suggest the Family section of the Play Store is rife with content unsuitable for kids.
Dec 4, 2017
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
Feb 28, 2018
The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time.
Parents are at fault.
It's time parents start being parents. Give your toddler an inexpensive, unbreakable toy to play with in case of drop. If you're going to give your kid a damn phone, monitor it.
I'm so sick of hearing how little Jeffrey never does anything wrong or is responsible. Blaming carriers or manufacturers for lack of control. Nothing speaks irresponsibility m...
Well Amazon did kind of set people up...
Not to say parents should take no responsibility but still.
Cause: STUPID parents
The onus should totally be on the responsible, legal adult to educate their own children to not be dumbasses, to respect their property, and to be responsible for what their child does. Idiocy is paramount when it comes to cellular devices and technology.
I totally agree with you, Touchmydong.
Children should not have electronics that have your info on it