Teen sues Apple for $1bn over 'Orwellian' in-store surveillance tech

Daniel Fowler
April 23, 2019

In turn, the criminal's face and Bah's name may have been linked together on Apple's facial recognition database.

Ousmane Bah was arrested by NYPD officers on November 29 after being blamed for thefts at Apple Stores in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan, according to his lawsuit.

An 18-year-old NY resident Ousmane Bah has sued Apple for $1 billion. The thief apparently used a stolen ID to identify himself in the store, with that ID actually belonging to 18-year-old Ousmane Bah.

In a lawsuit that was filed against him earlier this week, Bah said that he was charged in a theft in Boston when, in fact, on the very same time he was attending his senior prom at Manhattan.

A student is suing Apple Inc for $1bn (£0.77bn), claiming that its in-store AI led to his mistaken arrest.

Bah then claims Apple took the perpetrator at his word and programmed the man's face using Bah's information into its security systems.

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According to the lawsuit, a New York Police Department detective realized Bah had been wrongfully arrested as surveillance footage from one of the thefts showed the suspect "looked nothing like" Bah.

The case is still pending in the state of New Jersey, which caused Bah to do some digging.

Bah now says that he was forced to respond to multiple false allegations which has led him to sever stress and hardship and hence he is suing the company for $1 billion.

Apple's "Face ID" was introduced in 2017 along with the iPhone X. The lawsuit does not provide details about how the facial recognition software was allegedly used as a security measure by Apple, but on the iPhone X and later models, it allows users to unlock their phone or make payments with their face.

The New York Post writes that charges against Bah have been dropped in every state except New Jersey, where the case is still pending.

KitGuru Says: It's a odd case, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple using its facial recognition technology to attempt to protect its stores.

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