Google Play Update Gives Parents Greater Control Over App Purchases

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A new version of the Google Play Store app for Android adds a setting that will make it easier for parents to block their children from making unauthorized purchases.

Google Play App Store Purchase SettingsBoth Apple and Google have had to deal with lawsuits from irate customers claiming that it’s too easy for kids to run up huge bills on tablets and smartphones.

Until now, when someone purchased an app from the Play Store, they were required to put in a password, but that password also covered any purchases made for the next 30 minutes.

With the new version released today, users can configure the store so that a password must be input before every purchase is made.

However, this doesn’t prevent savvy children from surreptitiously disabling this setting in the Play Store. It also does nothing about in-app purchases, an issue Google is now facing a class-action lawsuit over.

Don’t miss our recent editorial: Users and Developers Must Beware Unethical In-App Purchases

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