A California mother is suing Facebook claiming that the company is allowing minors to make purchases via in-game micro-transactions and that allowing this to happen without parental consent violates California's consumer protection laws.
Glynnis Bohannon filed the lawsuit in California and is asking the court for a full refund on all the purchases made by her daughter without her consent. She also claims in her lawsuit that Facebook is not providing enough preventative measures to stop underage users from making purchases. She also wants refunds for "all parents and legal guardians in the United States whose minor children made unauthorized purchases of Facebook Credits from the minor child's Facebook account."
Under Facebook's policies regarding purchases, children under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy items off the site without parental approval. We're guessing that Facebook may say that this policy does not extend to third-party apps. We would also assume that giving your child access to a credit card is considered a form of consent in some legal circles, but who knows for sure…
Details on what specific Facebook apps the plaintiff is talking about were not disclosed. We will have more on this story as it becomes available.