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Teen Sues Apple For $1 Billion After Claiming Facial Recognition Led To False Arrest

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Teen Sues Apple For $1 Billion After Claiming Facial Recognition Led To False Arrest

Teen Sues Apple For $1 Billion After Claiming Facial Recognition Led To False Arrest

A New York teen is left distraught and traumatized after he was arrested because of mistaken identity caused by Apple’s facial recognition software.

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Last year in May, $1,200 worth of products was stolen from an Apple store in Boston. The thief apparently used a stolen ID to identify himself in the store, with that ID actually belonging to 18-year-old Ousmane Bah. Although the ID did not include a photo, it listed all of his personal details. The thief then went on to steal again at Apple stores in Delaware, Manhattan, and New Jersey.

Bah, 18, was arrested at his home in New York late last year on suspicion of stealing from Apple Stores across four states. At the time of one of the alleged incidents in Boston, the student was attending his senior prom in New York. The student claims an NYPD detective later informed him that reviewed surveillance footage shows Bah looks “nothing like” the perpetrator, leading him to believe that it was Apple’s own AI technology that mistakenly linked him to the crimes. The judge released him, and the charges were later dropped.

Bah claims the allegations against him have led to severe stress and hardship and is now suing Apple for $1 billion dollars.

Apple, nor the security firm used by the company Security Industry Specialists Inc., has comment on the suit.

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