Amazon fights FTC over app purchases

|By:, SA News Editor

Amazon (AMZN) is now facing a similar lawsuit to Apple's January court case, after the Federal Trade Commission demanded it pay a fine for deceptive billing practices, causing millions of dollars in unintentional app purchases.

U.S. regulators are accusing Amazon of charging users for additional services through registered credit cards, after an app is downloaded for free. Many children are susceptible to the practice, which has led to thousands of complaints relating to millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges.

"The commission's unwillingness to depart from the precedent it set with Apple despite our very different facts leaves us no choice but to defend our approach in court," says Andrew DeVore, an Amazon associate general counsel.

This past January, Apple agreed to refund customers at least $32.5M and change its billing practice.