An 18-year-old student, Ousmane Bah from New York filed $1 billion lawsuit against Apple after being falsely identified and arrested for robbery using the company’s facial recognition software.
Ousmane Bah, 18, said he was arrested at his home in New York in November and charged with stealing from an Apple store. The arrest warrant included a photo that didn’t resemble Bah, he said in a lawsuit filed Monday.
In the lawsuit, the teenager claims that the software incorrectly identified him as the robber in multiple thefts in Apple Stores across several states.
Security Industry Specialists who have a long working relationship Apple, are the second defendant in Bah’s lawsuit. They are said to have assisted Apple in analyzing the security footage and used facial recognition software to identify Bah.
The lawsuit claims that both Apple and SIS participated in wrongful actions that led to emotional distress, defamation, and slander, among others.
The thief in Boston stole $1,200 worth of merchandise from the store on May 31, 2018. The same person proceeded to steal more products in Apple Stores in Delaware, Manhattan, and New Jersey.
Bah was arrested by the NYPD for the string of robberies on Nov. 29, 2018.A photo was reportedly a part of the warrant that was used to arrest Bah who vehemently denies that it was him in the image.
It was NYPD detective John Reinhold who noticed that Bah did not resemble the person caught in the surveillance camera at the Manhattan Apple Store. Reinhold went on to explain in the lawsuit that Apple uses facial recognition technology to identify suspects of theft.