Amazon Braces for Fight With FTC Over Purchases Made by Kids

If your toddler has ever bought 125 copies of Dora the Explorer DVDs when you weren’t looking, you have a dog in this fight. Amazon is girding for a battle with the Federal Trade Commission, over the federal agencies claim the online shopping behemoth doesn’t do enough to keep kids from making accidental purchases when using smartphones and tablets.

The Boston Globe reports:

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

Seattle-based Inc. said in a letter Tuesday to FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez that it had already refunded money to parents who complained. It also said its parental controls go beyond what the FTC required from Apple when it imposed a $32.5 million fine on the company in January over a similar matter.

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