Apple to pay $100m compensation for children buying “virtual goods”

Apple has agreed to a $100m payout following a court case in which five sets of parents said their children had racked up huge bills by buying “virtual goods” when playing with apps, not realising that these cost money.

The parents claimed that Apple did not do enough to warn people that they were spending money, something which the company has now changed by making customers enter a password before buying goods.

According to court filings, about 23 million Apple customers will be able to claim a $5 iTunes credit, with those claiming $30 or more to be given cash refunds.

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