Cortana deemed non-suitable for minors under the USA's COPPA act

Cortana deemed non-suitable for minors under the USA's COPPA act

Apparently, Windows Phone's new virtual assistant Cortana has been worrying government officials with its smarts. In its current state, Microsoft's voice recognition system falls under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which limits its use by children aged under 13. If Cortana detects users are below the age limit, it will turn down their request with a polite "I'm sorry, you'll need to be a bit older before I can help you."



Why is that? Luckily, the situation is far from the privacy concerns that plagued the launch of Microsoft's Kinect 2.0 controller last year. Since Cortana is quite the personalized assistant, the amount of information it collects and sends to Microsoft's data cloud for processing is above the COPPA act's "don't intervene" threshold.



As Cortana is still in a "beta" stage, perhaps Microsoft will consider giving parents the ability to disable certain features which will make the assistant usable by children. However, it might be difficult to pull off such adjustments without compromising Cortana's functionality in some way.



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15 Comments

1. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Under 13's should't be having smartphones to begin with. A PC at home in a study on a desk with active parental control is what they should have. Children are being exposed to porn and other adult material too soon these days and that can hamper their education. Parents believe their children are saints and wont do such things but, I've seen children teach adults how to operate a smart phone. My sister, a pre-school teacher found porn on a 5 year old's phone at school. During breaks children gather around these phones viewing such things so tell me, what good is the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act?? It sounds good on paper but does very little to actualy protect children

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Well said. " I've seen children teach adults how to operate a smart phone" Idiot parents think their children are smart when they do such things. "My sister, a pre-school teacher found porn on a 5 year old's phone at school." Disturbing.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Completely agree with you. When I was in my early teens, there was no thing known as a smartphone. There were basic phones. I only had a computer and I got about 1 hour daily to play on it. I used to get excited about getting out of the house and playing football or cricket with my friends. My parents didn't even buy me a PlayStation. I just wasn't interested in surfing the internet. All I wanted to do was play games and play outdoor sports with my friends. When I see young teens today, they're either pregnant, or have locked themselves up at home with their laptops, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and what not. Porn, violence and sex is all what they know. They aren't interested in any outdoor activities and have become obese, lazy and irresponsible. God bless the future generations.

9. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

+1 for that. Not only WP but other OSes too.Also, Its the parent's responsibilities to guide their children in viewing the internet.

15. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

What does your post have to do with this article? Coppa has nothing to do woth content protection it is for protecting privacy and data mining for children. And thank you for letting us know what age is appropriate for our children to have a smartphone, I was wondering when I should get my son a smartphone! Content protection can be placed on a smartphone easier than on a pc. Be a parent and don't expect the government to do it for you.

3. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

I'm not an American, but COPPA is about protecting the privacy of children, not about protecting them from porn, isn't it? (in reply to Just.Saying)

6. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

I'm from South Africa, These acts exist in most countries but under defferent names. here its privacy and protection act but still the same thing

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

how is it possible for cortana to detect a 13 yr. old voice? will it notice a 13yr old getting his/her phone on their 14th birthday?

7. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

maybe it ask's for your date of birth when setting up but, people can lie anyways. I dont use WP, Im only guessing

10. papss unregistered

That's exactly what it does when setting it up.. just like websites do.

8. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Seems reasonable.

13. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Seems a bit strange for one voice assistant to get a pass while another one doesn't....

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