If you’ve got a Facebook or Twitter account or are into painting, you’ve probably seen your friends posting up selfies that Google’s suddenly wildly popular Arts and Culture app is matching up with artwork hanging in museums. If there was ever a way to get people to interested in the old masters – or just old paintings in general – the folks at Google just found it.
The app was initially released in 2015 but was updated with the arty match-up feature just over a month ago. Google says the app has been downloaded over 5 million times. People are having a lot of fun with it – with the exception of users in Illinois and Texas. The Chicago Tribune says that both states have laws against using biometrics, or the specific details of a persons’ face, fingerprints, DNA or other non-changeable characteristics.
Several companies have actually gotten on the wrong side of the law over using the data, such as Nest, which uses biometrics to identify people who ring their smart doorbell camera. That feature isn’t present in doorbell cameras sold in Illinois. Want to see who you look like? Get the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.cultural&hl=en
Inspectre app: https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm
Google Home devices and wifi: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/MmnsVnSxdQc;context-place=topicsearchin/googlehome/category$3Agoogle-home-max
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