A New York student sued Apple Inc for $ 1 billion, claiming the company’s facial recognition software falsely linked him to a series of robberies at Apple stores.
Ousmane Bah, 18, said he was arrested at his New York home in November and charged with robbery at an Apple store. The arrest warrant included a photo that did not look like Bah, he said in a lawsuit filed Monday. One of the robberies he was charged with, in Boston, took place on the June day he was attending his graduation graduation in Manhattan, he said.
Bah said that he had previously lost a learner’s permit without a photograph, which the actual thief may have found or stolen and used as identification in Apple stores. As a result, Bah claimed, his name may have been mistakenly linked to the thief’s face in Apple’s facial recognition system, which he said the company uses in its stores to track people suspected of theft.
“He was forced to respond to multiple false allegations that led to severe stress and hardship,” Bah said in the complaint.
Apple and Security Industry Specialists Inc., a security firm that was also named as a defendant, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The case is Bah v Apple Inc, 19-cv-03539, US District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).