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Apple snitched on Google over in app purchases

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday July 09, 2014.

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Apple snitches on Google FTC
Apple snitches on Google FTC

When you did something wrong in school and were caught, you probably quickly pointed the finger to whoever else happened to be doing that wrong thing. Welcome to the tech industry ladies and gentlemen, where Apple has for want of a better word snitched on Google to create one of the funnier tech stories of the week.

Cupertino found itself in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making it too easy for children to make in-app purchases. Apple agreed to a settlement over the matter before the company's general counsel Bruce Sewell wasted little time in letting the FTC know that Google was doing the same thing.

Writing to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill, Sewell said Google also allowed unauthorised purchases too easily. "I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if have not seen it" Sewell wrote while directing the FTC to a report written about unwanted app purchases. Apple was trying to pull the strings and direct regulators towards Google, and Sewell's letter came less than a week after the original settlement.

Apple was disgruntled that the FTC sued at all, especially because the company had already reached an agreement with a Federal judge to contact all of the 28 million consumer effected. Tim Cook said at the time.

"It doesn't feel right for the FTC to sue over a case that had already been settled. To us, it smacked of double jeopardy. However, the consent decree the FTC proposed does not require us to do anything we weren?t already going to do, so we decided to accept it rather than take on a long and distracting legal fight."

Earlier this week, Apple and Google were forced to change the policies both companies have regarding unwanted app purchases in Korea. Both were ordered to make the process for getting refunds easier, with Apple saying it may implement any forced changes on a global stage. Both Google and Apple have repeatedly fallen foul of regulatory bodies due to this issue, while Amazon is currently fighting an identical issue with the FTC, with that case also likely to end up in the courts.

source: 9to5Google

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