- Why do I have to be over 16 in the EU to use SwiftKey?
- How do I verify my age?
- What does it mean if I am an under 16 EU SwiftKey user?
- Can I still use the SwiftKey keyboard if I don’t have a SwiftKey Account?
- Can I still use the use personalization feature to help train my SwiftKey Keyboard model?
1 - Why do I have to be over 16 in the EU to use SwiftKey?
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires controllers like Microsoft to have authorization from parents to get a child’s consent where that consent is required for personal data processing in the context of Microsoft products and services, including SwiftKey.
2. How do I verify my age?
You will be prompted to verify your age when opening the SwiftKey Keyboard. Tap on the button to sign in to your SwiftKey Account and verify your details.
If you choose to ignore the prompt we will remind you on several more occasions.
Alternatively you can trigger verification by:
- Opening your SwiftKey app and tapping on 'Account'.
- Downloading a Theme
2 - What does it mean if I am an under 16 EU SwiftKey user?
EU users under 16 will not be able to create a SwiftKey Account.
3 - Can I still use the SwiftKey keyboard if I don’t have a SwiftKey Account?
Yes, your SwiftKey keyboard will work on your device as normal and will adapt to your typing style even without a SwiftKey Account. That will be true of all devices on which you use the SwiftKey Keyboard. The only difference is that your typing model won’t be backed up in the cloud and available for new or other devices on which you use the SwiftKey Keyboard.
4 - Can I still use the use personalization feature to help train my SwiftKey Keyboard model?
If you don’t qualify for a SwiftKey Account, you can’t use personal data from other accounts (e.g., Facebook) to train your model. This does NOT mean that you can’t use SwiftKey, it only means that you won’t be able to use the personalization feature to train your model.