Microsoft's Cortana Won't Talk to Kids Under 13, Says It's a COPPA Thing

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Volleynova

I just assumed it was the fact that Cortana technically doesn't wear any clothes.

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Enigmatistical

How did Microsoft conclude 13 to be the magic number?

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Carlidan

Did you read the article? It isn't Mircosoft. It's Microsoft's "efforts to comply with COPPA," or Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

sigh.
Straight from FTC site.
RULE SUMMARY:
COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.

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majorsuave

Blue chicks.

Ever since the Yoko Tsuno series up to Mass effect I always had a thing for blue chicks.

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Rift2

Even kids today have cell phone disease.

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Innomasta

Until voice recognition tech improves, this won't be a game changer for the majority of Americans. Just Microsoft's Siri.

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PCWolf

Hopefully, Cortana wont ignore a child when they are asking to call the police or Ambulance. as that would result in a ton of lawsuits. Also, Windows Phone. Tried it, hated it! Why? Felt like the whole phone was an Ad for XBone & Windows 8.

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Gikero

Just curious, why did feel like an ad?

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evga760

solution 1) dont register your true age. choose a year that will make using cortana legal

solution 2) dont buy a windows phone

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wkwilley2

Solution 3) Don't buy a child a cell phone.

My child won't get a cell phone till they are old enough to drive.

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Renegade Knight

Your kid, your call.
I got mine phones when I wanted to be able to get in touch when they were out. It worked. I did not do the cell phone and kids thing perfectly. I'll have some advice based on experience when they face this same decision point.

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LatiosXT

In response to other comments: children were more or less fine without them.

However, I still would like my child to have a phone. But they'll just get a $10 Tracfone from the grocery store. They won't get a smartphone until it's been drilled into them that they need to limit what they do with said phone.

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vrmlbasic

I agree with this. A "dumbphone" that just calls is preferable and somewhat essential as cell phones are expected today: in the past, payphones were ubiquitous but today they're extinct so if you need to call w/o a cell then you're SOL.

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kevaskous

Right until you need to reach them while they are out with their friends. Or until they get hurt outside on their own, and can't call for help, or any number of other scenarios that will right fast change your mind that you have zero control over outside of chaining your kid to your waist, which is illegal in the USA and many other countries :)

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bbq4tw

Funny, when I was a kid cell phones weren't even invented yet we somehow survived

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MAIZE1951

Same here, as we didn't have cell phones in the 50's and 60's when I was growing up. And where do you think the 1951 came from in my above name (birth year). And BTW we still elected to have not any cell phones, as we have none now.