It has been revealed today that Microsoft’s Cortana voice-activated personal assistant that has being created to to assist Windows Phone users and compete with Apple’s Siri and Google Now, will not communicate or talk to anyone under the age of 13.
The information has been reported by the CNET website today and the restriction is due to the data collection that Microsoft will be using within its Cortana personal assistant when finding answers to their questions.
Any questions that users may ask are immediately sent to Microsoft services making the data fall under the purview of the United States’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998.
However Cortana will only be able to recognise users ages if she is specifically told the age of someone, and doesn’t recognise or grade a user via their voice patterns. Making it surely a little difficult for Microsoft to implement these restrictions if users are under the age of 13. For more information on the report jump over to the CNET website for full details.