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Apple removes 15-minute restrictions for in-app purchases

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Mon June 6, 2011

iTunes terms-of-service continue to evolve

Apple has changed its iTunes terms of service, once again switching the restrictions regarding multiple in-app purchases placed within a15-minute time period. The company initially provided a 15-minute span for making subsequent purchases without requiring users to reenter authentication information. The window was eliminated in March, however the new terms, which arrived alongside iTunes 10.3, revert to the original rules.

The strict policy was added at a time when Apple was criticized for leaving the platform open to developer abuse of the in-app purchase system. Certain apps appeared to target children, some of whom unknowingly accumulated an excessive number of purchases.

Apple has yet to explain a reason for the recent change, though the tighter rules likely caused difficulties for many legitimate apps that utilize the in-app purchase system.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    well

    They reacted to a stupid complaint by idiot parents whining that their useless kids, with no concept of money except that which they spend inside Farmville or the like, kept spending their daddy's money without needing to enter a password.

    Now they've realized that all users shouldn't be subject to such idiocy.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I figured it out

    Testudo is Scrooge.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Kids is kids

    I prefer the time limited window personally. I quite like that it locks down so inadvertent acquisitions are less likely.

    Just enter yer stupid credentials again. It's not that hard, and better safe than sorry.

    Even at 15 minutes, yer kids could still do some damage, but at least it would be limited-ish.

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