Amazon vows to fight FTC on kids in-app purchases
Published: July 3, 2014 07:51AM
Updated: July 3, 2014 07:51AM
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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, poses for a photo Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, with the 8.9-inch version of the new Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer in Seattle. Amazon says it will fight an FTC ruling on kids' in-app purchases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Los Angeles • Amazon says it is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases.

The FTC alleged in a draft lawsuit released by Amazon that unauthorized charges by children on Amazon tablets have amounted to millions of dollars.

Amazon.com Inc. said in a letter Tuesday to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez that it had already refunded money to parents who complained.

Apple agreed to a $32.5 million fine in January over a similar matter.

The FTC wouldn’t comment on whether it is investigating, but said it is focused on ensuring that companies comply with the principle that consumers shouldn’t have to pay for unauthorized purchases.