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The newly released ID-Art app allows the public to easily identify and report stolen art. (Interpol)
The newly released ID-Art app allows the public to easily identify and report stolen art. (Interpol)

Interpol recently launched an app that will help its users to identify and report stolen art. Available to download for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the ID-Art app “uses cutting-edge image-recognition software to help identify stolen cultural property, reduce illicit trafficking, and increase the chances of recovering stolen items.” To use the app’s services, users can search for an item on the database, either by uploading a photo or by entering keywords in the search. 

By instantly comparing art or an object to the 52 000 pieces registered as stolen on Interpol’s database, the app allows its users to see whether a piece of art that they are interested in acquiring isn’t stolen. 

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