Apple is moving to keep kids from unknowingly racking up huge bills at its iTunes store.
The company is overhauling its policy of giving people a 15-minute window to download applications without needing a password to log on. Getting into the store may be free, but the goodies to enhance iPhones and iPads often cost money. The “Washington Post” reports federal and state regulators worried children didn’t understand they were being charged while playing online games.
Parents griped children could rack up hundreds of dollars of charges in those 15 minutes. They’d load up with costly extras while playing such games as Smurfs Village or Tap Zoo. Apple’s new policy is to post a password prompt as soon as the first purchase is made.