Watchdogs have set out new rules for stopping games from tricking kids into racking up huge bills. The Office of Fair Trading has set out eight guidelines governing in-app purchases -- with fines for anyone failing to live up to the rules.
One new guideline is that games and apps makers must make sure the bill-payer is giving their informed consent to a purchase, although how that should be done is left up to the industry.
Currently, when a parent or account holder downloads a game or authorises a purchase on an iPhone or iPad, the password doesn't have to be entered again to approve further purchases for another fifteen minutes, allowing kids to potentially rack up expensive in-app purchases...
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