An 18-year-old teenager, Ousmane Bah from USA has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against giant tech company Apple over a misconceived information that resulted to an arrest. The teenager says the arrest took place because of Apple’s face recognition system. In New York, the NYPD officers arrested Ousmane Bah on November 29th after he was falsely linked to a series of Apple Store thefts in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan.
Young Ousmane suffered the fate because the real criminals used a stolen ID that had his name, his address and other personal information belonging to him. The ID didn’t have a photo, the lawsuit then says Apple programmed its stores’ face recognition system to associate the real thief’s face with Bah’s details.
Following the suspicions, An intelligent detective that cross examined Apple’s surveillance footage after the arrest confirmed the real Bah doesn’t have resemblance with the actual thief. Meanwhile, young Bah was attending his senior prom in Manhattan when the Boston theft that saw the stealing of $1,200 worth of goods took place. As it stands, we’re not very sure even the case will come up in court of if it will be waved-off.
According to New York Post even though the lawsuit argues that 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.”