The public survey element of the OFT’s investigation into in-app purchases has been revealed.
The OFT last week launched an investigation into whether children are being unfairly pressured or encouragedto buy additional content in ‘free’ web and app-based games.The move follows repeated incidents where children have paid for virtual items or access with real money.
Thequestionnaireis specifically about children and their use of these apps, and tends to be directed at parents.
The full questionnaire is listed below:
1. How old is your child? (Please complete one of these forms for each of your children, if you have more than one.)
2. Which web and/or app games has your child played in the last two months?
3. Have any of those games invited your child to make a purchase?
4. When you first downloaded those games – or allowed your child to create an account to play them – did you expect that in – game purchases might be a feature of the game? Did you expect the game would invite your child to make a purchase?
5. Have you, your child or another adult made an in – game purchase for your child? Or made any other form of purchase to allow your child to progress further in the game or access additional content?
6. If you answered yes to question 5, how many of those purchases have been made in the last two months?
7. Thinking about the most recent of the purchases mentioned in question 5, what was the value of that purchase and how was it made (for example, by credit/debit card, gift card, iTunes account or similar, etc)?
8. Is there any other information you would like us to consider as part of our investigation?
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