March 11, 2011: Markey Statement on Policy Changes for Apple

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member and former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to Apple’s announcement of new security measures in the IOS 4.3 operation system that would affect purchases made within applications. On February 8, Rep. Markey wrote to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting more information about possible consumer protection issues related to “in-app” purchases reported by The Washington Post.
"I am pleased that Apple has added new, clearer control settings and restrictions in their IOS 4.3 operating system to help protect consumers, especially parents, from unwanted in-app purchases. As the use of mobile apps continues to escalate, it is important that consumers are protected and mobile devices don't become a 21st century wallet in the hands of children who may not know any better."