Google's Arts & Culture face matching doesn't work in IL or 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.

Using computer vision technology, the Google Arts & Culture app matches a user's selfie with art from the collections of art museums worldwide that it has in its database.

"At Google Arts & Culture, our software engineers are always experimenting with new and creative ways to connect you with art and culture".

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It's now only available in the U.S.

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

From there, you take the selfie with your smartphone camera, and see what Google comes up with. On Friday, Google announced the selfie matching feature is now available in India. However, users in Texas and IL haven't been able to get in on the fun, and while Google won't say way, it's probably for a good reason: While there are no federal laws that specifically restrict the use of facial scanning, those two states restrict the use of facial recognition technology and the collection of biometric data. The company said it won't use data from photos for any other objective but to match it with images in its catalog. Research the person or work of art you were matched with and tell us: What did you learn from the Google app that matched your photo to a work of art? It only stores selfies for the time it takes to find matches, Google said.