Article ID : 00202844 / Last Modified : 11/26/2018Print

Why Is aibo Not for Sale in Illinois?

    Due to state regulations and policies, the aibo™ robotic companion is not for sale or use in Illinois.

    In order to mimic the behavior of an actual pet, an aibo device will learn to behave differently around familiar people. To enable this recognition, aibo conducts a facial analysis of those it observes through its cameras. This facial-recognition data may constitute "biometric information" under the law of Illinois, which places specific obligations on parties collecting biometric information. Thus, we decided to prohibit purchase and use of aibo by residents of Illinois.