Here's why Google's art selfie app isn't working in Texas


A tool released by Google that matches users' faces to faces in famous paintings has been going viral this week-but, due to data privacy issues, not everyone can use it. However, it was revealed that the availability of the new selfie feature seems to be limited. It's popularity, however, is not coming from people brushing up on their art history skills but from an amusing feature on the app that will match your face with a work of art that resembles you.

Download the "Google Arts & Culture App" from the Google play store if you are an android user.

While the company declined to say how it knows which users are in Texas and IL, some apps are equipped with the capability to restrict content based on a user's IP address. Although it is unclear why it is unavailable in Texas, rumors speculate that the app did not reach IL because of the strict laws they have on biometrics that include facial, fingerprint, and iris scans.

Except in Texas and IL, that is...

IL has similar laws and is the only other state in which the Google Arts & Culture face-matching app doesn't work. It also allows them to learn about artists and virtually visit a museum. "Google won't use data from your photo for any other objective and will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches".



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