The U.S. government sued Amazon.com for allowing children to use mobile applications with strong accumulating debts without the permission of their parents, then they have to pay the bills.
The Federal Trade Commission U.S. (FTC for its acronym in English) called on Thursday in its application that the retail return the money spent without parental consent and end the practice of allowing unlimited purchases without asking for a password or use other mechanisms that parents control over their accounts.
Unauthorized charges are generally associated with applications for children, including games, downloadable free but allow players to buy "coins" or other digital products with the credit card associated with the device, the FTC said in its complaint.
The FTC added that Amazon responded to their protests about fees without asking permission passwords that are used in large purchases since 2012.
This was extended to all purchases in early 2013, but once the password is entered in the device, purchase window remains open for an hour, which means that more charges may be carried out without the knowledge parents, underlines the complaint.
The FTC reached a settlement in a similar case with Apple in January. Apple agreed to return to consumers at least $ 32.5 million in unauthorized payments and children agreed to change their billing practices to ask for parental consent before charging these expenses within the application.