FTC targets Amazon for lax in-app purchase rules

A lawsuit filed by the FTC Thursday accuses tech giant Amazon of collecting millions of dollars from unauthorized purchases made on the company's Kindle Fire devices.

The FTC claims Amazon's purchasing system doesn't require a password for every purchase, making it possible for children to buy virtual goods without their parents' permission. 

In a letter republished by The Next Web, an Amazon spokesman told the FTC the company has "produced not only an in-app purchasing experience that already meets the requirements of the Apple consent order, but the development of industry leading parental controls. ... Pursuing litigation against a company whose practices ... already meet or exceed the requirements of the Apple consent order makes no sense."

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