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EU Tells Apple, Google: Limit In-App Purchasing
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MalcolmTucker
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MalcolmTucker,
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7/20/2014 | 12:39:16 AM
Who provides oversight to Apple Operations, ltd..?
I wonder if people in the European Union are tired of finding out that the business license for Apple Operations in Ireland is overseen by the Central Bank of Ireland.

 

Seems like Ireland has a really risky bank because usually, a bank, especially a central bank, is in the business of loans to create work and labor in the communities they exist.  But Ireland is known for creating labor in other contenents, without protections for wages, hours worked.   Central banks are not necessarily known for creating labor and work in foriegn lands and being known for a tax shelter, but there's one black sheep in every central banking family, huh..?
Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 11:59:45 AM
Paypal
With the caveat that I don't play any of these games (no, really) isn't it a simple enough matter to just not allow Apple or Google to store a credit card number? Why not pay with PayPal and not give the child the password?
LeeB120
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LeeB120,
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7/21/2014 | 2:25:27 PM
Re: Paypal
I'll admit I used to play them but when they got to the point you couldn't play without having to buy something I would quit playing that game.
  What I don't understand is just what is wrong with people that live in Europe.  First they couldn't figure out how to load a different browser and now they can't seem to lock down a computer system to keep kids from spending money.   I agree with you. It's really easy to do.  There is no real excuse for blaming Google or any other company if their kids is spending money when they are not supposed to.  What ever happened to parental responsibility?  
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/21/2014 | 2:43:38 PM
Re: Paypal
That's true also. And, if my kid racked up $40 or so, certainly she'd be paying for it directly. However, I do have some sympathy for people who get bills out of the blue for hundreds of dollars.
Thomas Claburn
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7/21/2014 | 4:42:04 PM
Re: Paypal
Parents should take responsibility but there are some pretty deceptive ways to implement in-app purchasing. That said, I think the EU is going a bit too far in denying direct exhortations to kids to buy something. That's what advertising is.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/21/2014 | 4:48:46 PM
Re: Paypal
That 30% fee is a disincentive for Apple to do much. Most parents will suck it up and pay.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/21/2014 | 4:39:38 PM
Re: Paypal
An iOS app that relied on PayPal as a payment mechanism for apps would never be approved -- it would bypass Apple control and deny it the 30% fee.


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