Parents, rejoice: Amazon has agreed to refund as much as $70 million to customers whose kids made unauthorized in-app game purchases between November 2011 and May 2016.
According to the FTC, "Amazon offers many children’s apps in its app store for download to mobile devices such as the Kindle Fire. Amazon’s setup allowed children playing these kids’ games to spend unlimited amounts of money to pay for virtual items within the apps such as 'coins,' 'stars,' and 'acorns' without parental involvement."
Incidents that have occurred as a result of this include a user's 6-year-old, who couldn't read, clicking buttons at random on her Kindle and racking up several unauthorized charges. Another consumer's daughter managed to blow $358.42.
Amazon has since updated its service so that any in-app purchase over $20 requires a parental control password or PIN.