Several questions come to mind:
- Why can’t parents monitor their child’s use of electronic devices?
- Why are parents giving their children their (very necessary) iTunes password?
- If you gave your kid all of your credit card information, sat him/her in front of a computer, and came back 6 hours later… would you be surprised that something got purchased?
Don’t blame Apple for cutting out bureaucracy by acting like bureaucracy is the same as security.
Apple hits the nail on the head in their response:
“App purchase and In-App purchase can be restricted using Parental Controls. Parental Controls also can restrict apps based on app age ratings. In-app purchases and currencies cannot be used to acquire any physical goods, nor can they be used between applications, they can only be used for digital content or services provided by the application.”
The FTC and DoJ having taken over command of ISPs, set-top boxes, and phone bills just aren’t ready to take a breather on their mad dash towards East Germany. They’ll always find a way to demonize successful business.