Microsoft’s Cortana app inaccessible to users under 13

By Dave Cook, Monday, 28 April 2014 16:49 GMT

Microsoft’s Cortana app – an equivalent to Apple’s voice-activated assistant Siri – will not respond to children under the age of 13.

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Gamespot reports that the decision was made in accordance with US law, seeing as Cortana collects data on users to improve its service over time, a feature frowned upon by the nation’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

CNET adds that if a user is listed as under the age of 13 on their Microsoft account, the Cortana app’s full suite of functions will be unavailable.

If a minor tries to use the app, Cortana will respond by saying, “I’m sorry, you’ll need to be bit older before I can help you.”

Cortana is currently in beta for Windows Phone 8.1

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