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Apple facing law suit over in-app game purchases

A man from Pennsylvania has filed a suit against Apple citing “unlawful exploitation” of children. The suit is based on Apple’s in-app purchase policy. Apple did revamp the system with the release of iOS 4.3; you now need to input your iTunes password. Apple has still not done enough according to Mr Meguerian.

Minors 13 and older are permitted to open their own Apple accounts, and minors younger than 13 may purchase Game Currency by using their parents’ general Apple password (no special Apple password is required to purchase Game Currency),” according to the suit, which was filed in a Northern California district court.

Mr Meguerian’s nine year old daughter ran up around $200 with in-app purchases through games like Zombie Cafe, Treasure Story and City Story. This was all prior to the changes in March; when iOS 4.3 was released. Mr Meguerian claims he was shocked to find the charges on his account. He is suing Apple for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, chasing damages and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Have any of our readers been affected by younger family members using their accounts for in-app purchases? Are you more careful with your iTunes password than Mr Meguerian? Let us know in the comments!