Published by LawTechie - April 30, 2014 - LawTechie

microsoft-cortana-image_largeIn an interesting cross-section between privacy law and virtual reality, it seems that Cortana (Microsoft’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri) won’t talk to kids. According to Gamespot:

Like Apple’s Siri on iPhone, Cortana’s speech recognition allows users to ask it questions and perform specific tasks. Cortana also collects data on users in the process in order to improve the experience over time, meaning it is subject to the US government’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

It is a good catch on the part of Microsoft’s counsel to see the interplay between it mobile software and COPPA. It is also a somewhat scary admission (albeit one we should all expect by now) that your interactions with your phone’s speech recognition software may be collecting data on you.

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