18 Jan Google Arts & Culture App Raises Privacy Concerns
Google Arts & Culture, a popular new app which matches the user’s selfie to famous works of art, has recently generated some privacy concerns from a number of users and even celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, who tweeted about her suspicions regarding Google’s facial recognition technology.
The app allows users to find their “lookalike” from celebrated portraits taken from thousands of museums around the world. However, the feature was not made available to users in Texas and Illinois, since it is illegal in both states to use facial recognition for the identification of individuals without their consent.
Google, however said that the user submitted images are not being used to build a database of identities or for training their machine learning programs, and assured that the photos are only stored for the time it takes to find matches.
Source: Washington Post