Guess who told on who! Apple has tattled on Google! Why? Well, earlier in the year, Apple signed an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. The tech typhoon promised to refund up to $32 million to parents whose itchy-fingered children purchased unauthorized in-app add ons.
It seems while the FTC was looking to point the finger at Apple, the American tech company was looking to throw Google under the bus for the exact same thing! Apple’s head lawyer Bruce Sewell sent the Commission a report that basically faulted Google on this same issue. According to a report by Politico, the document read:
“I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it,” Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell wrote to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill, pointing to a report that criticized Google’s app store over the same issue of unauthorized purchases. The previously undisclosed email was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request.”
Apple has long faced issues regarding in-app purchases with the FTC constantly receiving parental complaints regarding their children unknowingly buying in-app purchases and some costing them thousands of dollars. Google has been in the hot seat for the same boo boo but not as much as Apple. I guess Apple wasn’t too happy about the unnecessary singling out by the FTC especially after the company agreed to settle a previous lawsuit by refunding in cash as well as in iTunes credit to parents who were involved and had suffered this ordeal.
FTC has gone on to bring up what was previously a settled case and sue Apple again for the same issue. Tim Cook commented that the FTC’s decision to sue over a previously settled case “smacked of double jeopardy,” but agreed to the terms as it didn’t “require us to do anything we weren’t already going to do”.
Google has still yet to see any action from FTC at this point. Too bad for Apple who has already started sending out emails to iTunes users. The company has started refunding those affected since March.