Apple prodded FTC to investigate Google over kids’ in-app purchases


Apple’s(s aapl) head lawyer quietly urged the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year to look into Google’s(s goog) in-app purchase policies — and was even helpful enough to send along a Consumer Affairs report that said Google Play let children “spend like a drunken sailor” on apps once a parent had entered a password.

The tale of corporate tattling was uncovered by Politico, which used a Freedom of Information request to obtain an email from Apple’s general counsel to FTC head Edith Ramirez and Commissioner Julie Brill. The email reportedly reads “I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it.”

The issue, which has been a problem for all big app stores, turns in part on so-called “bait apps,” which are available for free but then encourage kids to make in-app purchases while playing a game. Kids can do so even if they don’t know the purchase password, because app stores can…

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