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Google to refund at least $19 million for kids' in-app purchases
Google to refund at least $19 million for kids' in-app purchases

Google Inc. has agreed to pay at least $19 million in refunds to settle federal allegations that the Internet giant improperly billed parents for unauthorized purchases by their children while using mobile apps. The company also promised to change its billing practices for so-called in-app purchases "to ensure that it obtains express, informed consent from consumers before charging them for items sold in mobile apps," the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. The unauthorized charges began in 2011 for virtual items purchased on apps sold by Google Play for use on Android mobile devices, the agency said. Some parents complained their children racked up hundreds of dollars in...

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