December 3, 2023

Update: The ESRB has released a statement clarifying that this technology does not “confirm the identity of users,” nor it it intended to scan the faces to minors to determine whether they’re old enough to purchase particular games. It only uses images to determine the subject’s age in order to ensure compliance with COPPA privacy requirements. 

“To be perfectly clear: Any images and data used for this process are never stored, used for AI training, used for marketing, or shared with anyone,” the ESRB said in its statement. “The only piece of information that is communicated to the company requesting VPC is a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ determination as to whether the person is over the age of 25.”


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