Google is refunding $19 million in app purchases

Posted at 6:53 PM, Sep 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-05 21:10:42-04

(PIX11/CNN) -- Google is refunding $19 million to parents for charges their kids racked up on play store apps.

The Federal Trade Commission says Google unfairly billed for charges incurred by children using mobile apps from the Google Play store without asking for parental permission or a password.

The company also agreed to modify its billing practices to ensure it gets customer consent before charging for items sold in mobile apps.

The settlement is the latest seeking to address a growing problem of the digital age -- the ability of children to make purchases without the knowledge of their parents.