Apple follows through on kids' games settlement
Back in February, Apple agreed to pay out a large settlement
to parents whose children had accidentally bought in-app purchases in kids' games on iOS. Now the company has followed through, and provided a means for claiming compensation.
Angry parents previously claimed that
their children were able to buy in-game items without a password for the first 15 minutes after downloading the app, giving young children the chance to buy hundreds of dollars worth of content without their parent's approval.
As part of a settlement, Apple has launched a dedicated website
where parents can claim either a $5 iTunes Store credit, or iTunes credit equal to the amount of in-app purchases made with a 45-day period.
If a parent's claim is more than $30, or if they no longer own an active iTunes account, a cash refund can be claimed instead. Of course, parents will need to be able to prove that they did not knowingly authorize the specific in-app purchases.
Hundreds of iOS games qualify as apps which can be claimed against -- a "Qualified App Search" page
allows parents to find those games which are part of the settlement.
The list includes Angry Birds, Clash of Clans
and Smurfs' Village
, the latter of which urged children to buy virtual currency to expand their in-game town. The game's download page now includes a prominent disclaimer to inform parents of its business model.