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Web Watch: Apple agrees to $32.5M refund on app purchases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

If you gave your iPad or iPhone to your child to play with and he or she racked up a few hundred dollars in charges you may get that money back.

Apple has agreed to a settlement to refund parents for these unexpected charges.

Parents say their children were playing games where points are used to build or make things happen in their games, but when once the points run out, users must pay with real money. While the kids had permission to play the games, odds are they didn't have permission to rack up a few hundred dollars trying to get to the next level.

The Federal Trade Commission says Apple has agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to unsuspecting parents.

The FTC says the technology giant did not always make clear that parents were making in-game purchases when they entered their passwords for the apps their children were playing. This lead to tens of thousands of FTC consumer complaints.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company decided to accept the agreement rather than take on a long and distracting legal fight.

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