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Google Art & Culture App's Selfie Matching Feature Comes to India

Google Art & Culture App's Selfie Matching Feature Comes to India

Do you know anyone who has downloaded the app and matched their photo to an image from the world of art? It was the No. 1 free app over the weekend, according to the metric site App Annie. "This Google arts and culture app is pretty fantastic".

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.

The trend of trying to find your look-alike portrait, launched by the Google Arts & Culture app, has become a frenzy on social media, but two states don't have access: IL and Texas.

It's hit or miss, with a lot of misses.

However, the feature is only available in the US, and even there, not in certain states.

The feature rolled out to the app on iOS and Android last month. After pressing "Get Started", the app launches the camera to allow the user to take a selfie.

The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that IL law restricts the use of biometrics, which include facial, fingerprint and iris scans.

However, Google has reassured people that it isn't using their data for nefarious purposes. "That's how this selfie feature came about, too", a Google spokesperson said.

IL has similar laws and is the only other state in which the Google Arts & Culture face-matching app doesn't work. Microsoft's What Dog app can identify and classify dogs based on photos uploaded to the app.

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