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Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over In-App Purchases

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Apple has failed in an attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit which is seeking compensation from the company over parental controls that had allowed children to buy additional services from iPhone apps.

A number of parents reported that their children had downloaded games from the App Store but were then able to clock up substantial additional costs after buying additional services from within the App itself - which at the time wouldn't need a password to authorise the sale if made within 15 minutes of the initial download

Apple has subsequently changed how the system works and a password is now always necessary to authorise any additional purchases.

The lawsuit argues that the older system made it too easy for unauthorised purchases to be billed to a credit card.

In their court filing, the American parents accuse Apple of "inducing" children to make in-app purchases.

"Among the many thousands of apps that Apple offers for sale are gaming apps aimed at children," it says. "Many such games are designed to induce purchases."

Apple argued that there are controls within the system that allowed parents to restrict in-app purchases, but the Federal Judge ruled that the class-action lawsuit can proceed.

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