Google to tighten guidelines on unwanted in-app purchases

Noise Cannon

Google has agreed to add protections around games’ in-app purchases to protect parent’s credit cards from children unwittingly spending their money. The changes come at the request of the European Commission, which has been investigating the ongoing issue of unwanted in-app purchases and has laid out a series of guidelines that it would like developers and app stores to follow. Google has said that by the end of September, it will cease to advertise games as “free” when they include in-app purchases and that it will also require payment verification before each purchase. It’s unclear if these changes will be exclusive to Europe, however.

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