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Google Tightens In-App Purchase Process

New password requirement can reduce the risk of running up big bills from unauthorized purchases.

Image Credit: Paul Swansen
Image Credit: Paul Swansen

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User Rank: Author
3/19/2014 | 11:10:00 AM
Re: Underage
A friend recently ran into a similar predicament after his young son rang up a bunch of games on the Apple Store without really knowing what he was doing. My friend called Apple. Purchases removed. Pretty simple. Vendors need to apply common sense and provide solid customer service. Apple did.
User Rank: Author
3/19/2014 | 10:55:41 AM
Re: Parental Discretion Advised
Let's discuss the technology options, not judge the parenting decisions of people we have never met.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/19/2014 | 10:37:31 AM
Parental Discretion Advised
I'm not saying that there shouldn't be a guest mode. But this mother is avoiding the delicate subject of her parenting skills. Parents often hand their children a distraction so they can ignore them. And now they're all pissy because they expect Google to handle everything for them. I would have never bought something without my parents' permission because they taught me that that's not okay. Pretty simple. That's your job. Stop blaming everyone else for your incompetence.
User Rank: Author
3/17/2014 | 3:47:11 PM
Kid mode/ guest mode
Why wouldn't Google want to offer a kid mode/guest mode on android phones and tablets? Eric's point of view seems valid.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
3/17/2014 | 12:17:39 PM
It seems like there should be other legal justifications not to have to pay credit card bills incurred by minors. The child is clearly not an authorized user on the account, and minors are not legally capable of entering into contractual obligations. 
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