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The U.S. District Court for the Western District  of  Washington State ruled this week that Amazon "is liable for in-app purchases children made years ago without their parents’ authorization," saying that the online retailer "didn’t provide sufficient safeguards to prevent children from making purchases within apps that were free to download," according to the Wall Street Journal.

The story notes that "Amazon has since taken measures to prevent such purchases and said it has reimbursed customers who lodged complaints. But the ruling means Amazon will face additional monetary penalties, which will be determined later."
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