Amazon's Liability For In-App Buys Weighs In FTC's Favor

By Allison Grande (April 28, 2016, 10:41 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the Federal Trade Commission in finding Amazon liable for charging many customers for unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children, providing a significant boost to the commission's ability to police data collection and privacy practices that it deems to be unfair.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour rejected Amazon.com Inc.'s argument that the FTC was applying the incorrect legal test in asserting that the online retail giant's billing of parents and other account holders for in-app purchases made without permission by children violated the unfairness prong of Section 5 of the FTC...

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