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EU looks to crack down on ‘misleading’ in-app purchases in free games

28
Feb
2014

Following concerns from consumer groups in Denmark, Britain, Italy and Belgium, the European Commission wants to know more about in-app purchases that are available in mobile applications and that can cause unexpected credit charges, especially for games played by children who may not aware what in-app purchases really mean. According to Reuters, the EU has invited industry – including Apple and Google – policymakers and consumer protection authorities for talks on Thursday and Friday. Proposals that are to be discussed include requiring apps and games that offer in-app purchases to have clearer explanations about the costs involved, and phrases like “Buy now!” and “Upgrade now!” to be removed. Furthermore, payments should be debited only with explicit consent from the user,

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