Apple will require passwords for in-app purchases

Apple changed its policy to require a password for purchases made within applications after a wave of complaints about children racking up hefty bills on iTunes, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The move comes in response to growing concerns from lawmakers; Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wrote to the Federal Trade Commission last month about the issue, prompting FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz to pledge to further examine the issue. 

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, released Wednesday, requires a password for any purchase made within an application after it is downloaded. Previously users were able to make purchases for up to 15 minutes without reentering their passwords.

Some parents had complained of their children spending hundreds of dollars for virtual items purchased by their children within games. Legal experts told the Post that the move might not prevent the FTC from taking further action to address the issue.