Teenager sues Apple for $1bn, claiming facial recognition led to false arrest

A New York teenager has filed a lawsuit against Apple for a claim of $1 billion (NY Post). The suite claims that the tech giant’s facial-recognition software wrongly identified him for stealing from Apple stores.

Bah’s suit against Apple claims that, Apparently, the real perpetrator used a stolen ID that had his essential details including his name, address and other personal information. What the card lacked though was a photo the suit claims.

Bah believes Apple programmed its stores’ face recognition system to associate the real thief’s face with Bah’s details.

He only learned about the mix-up after receiving a Boston municipal court summons in the mail in June, according to court papers.

Ousmane Bah who is 18 years old was arrested on November 29th and charged for being responsible for a series Apple Store thefts in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan which made away with $1,200 worth of merchandise. The charges have since been dropped except in New Jersey, where the case is still pending.

A detective working the case viewed surveillance footage from the Manhattan store and concluded that the suspect “looked nothing like” Bah, his lawsuit states.

Apple’s “use of facial recognition software in its stores to track individuals suspected of theft is the type of Orwellian surveillance that consumers fear, particularly as it can be assumed that the majority of consumers are not aware that their faces are secretly being analyzed,” the lawsuit states.