Legalább 32,5 millió dollárt fizet vissza az Apple a szülőknek, ha a gyerekük az ő engedélyük nélkül vásárolt az Apple appokban.
Apple to refund $32.5m to parents whose kids made in-app purchases
Apple will refund customers at least $32.5m (£19.9m) after a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This settles long-standing complaints over in-app purchases made by children without their parents’ consent. Apple will also be required to change its billing procedures to make sure customers have given consent before they are charged for in-app purchases. The company said it had settled rather than take on a "long legal fight".
"This settlement is a victory for consumers harmed by Apple’s unfair billing, and a signal to the business community: whether you’re doing business in the mobile arena or the mall down the street, fundamental consumer protections apply," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement. "You cannot charge consumers for purchases they did not authorize."
The FTC’s complaint alleged that Apple failed to inform parents that by entering a password they were approving a single in-app purchase and also 15 minutes of additional unlimited purchases their children could make without further consent. The FTC also noted that Apple received at "least tens of thousands of complaints" about unauthorised in-app purchases by children. One woman said her daughter had spent $2600 in one app. The changes to Apple’s billing process, which means express consent must be obtained before in-app charges are made, must be in place by 31 March, said the FTC.
Apple’s App Store offers many games for children, a large number of which allow in-app purchases to be made. These purchases can include virtual items or currency, and typically allow faster progression in the game. In-app purchases can range in cost – from 99 cents to just under $100.
to refund – visszatéríteni, megtéríteni
settlement – egyezség, megegyezés
to settle a complaint – panaszt rendezni
long-standing – régóta fennálló
purchase – vásárlás
consent – belegyezés
billing procedure – számlázási eljárás
to be charged for – felszámítanak neki valamit, kiszámláznak valamit
consumer – fogyasztó
fundamental – alapvető
consumer protections – fogyasztóvédelem
to authorize – engedélyezni
to fail to do something – elmulasztani valamit
unlimited – korlátlan
further – további
express consent – kifejezett hozzájárulás
to obtain – megszerezni
to be in place – érvényben van
to range in cost from … to … – ára valamettől valameddig terjed
Fill in the gaps. There is one extra word.
to be in place
to be charged for
1. Many ……………….. were unhappy with the quality of the product.
2. Where’s the manager? I want to make a ……………….. .
3. You can’t update your client’s data without their ……………….. .
4. Paul ……………….. a night in a hotel in Venezuela, although he had never been there.
5. I expect a full ……………….. for the faulty phone.
answers: 1-customers 2-complaint 3-express consent 4-was charged for 5-refund