Google faces in-app-purchase lawsuit
Google is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a free game on Google Play. The lawsuit comes from a mother who says her five-year-old son spent $65.95 on in-app-purchases while playing “Marvel Run Jump Smash!” on a Samsung Galaxy tablet. The complaint is that on Google Play you can download free games and then rack up very large bills due to in-app purchases.Is this lawsuit silly or does a real problem exist?
1) You can create a restricted profile for your child. These limited profiles are not able to install apps.
2) Use the power of Google Play and require your Google account password for purchases. Every time an in-app-purchase or direct purchase is requested, you're prompted to type in your account password.
The problem with the second method is after you key in your password, the account is able to install apps for the next 30 minutes. (http://goo.gl/M0XhL
). This is where the lawsuit stems from.Restricted profiles seems like the best solution for kids.
My son is almost 5 years old and has had a tablet since he was two. I have never experienced a situation like this. He has a normal account on his tablet, which allows him to install any app he likes (within the allowed ratings). If he tries to buy a game, it prompts him for a password, and immediately stops him from spending any money.
I have bought him apps before, but he has never then gone in and tried to buy apps within the short window where additional purchasing could happen.Have you experienced this? What are your thoughts?