Watchdog sets out new rules on kids and in-app purchases

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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