SAN ANTONIO - You’ve probably heard about the new Google Arts & Culture app that matches your face to a historical painting.
You may have even downloaded the app to find out who your museum painting doppelganger is.
If you’re in Texas and you couldn’t figure out where the face-match tool is, there’s a reason.
Texas has laws that restrict how facial recognition technology can be collected and used.
Illinois has similar laws and is the only other state in which the Google Arts & Culture face-matching app doesn’t work.
"The company declined to say how it knows which users are in Texas and Illinois. But some apps can restrict content based on a user's IP address,” CNN reported.
A user's Internet Protocol address is a numeric designation that identifies the user's location on the internet.
See tweets below from people who’ve tried the face-mapping software:
Or if you’re in Texas:
I downloaded the Arts & Culture app, and it's missing the selfie/portrait comparison feature. Maybe Google is running an experiment on frustration and futility. pic.twitter.com/DFqFzFuwI9 — Catherine Jones Payne (@cjonespayne) January 14, 2018
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