A student is suing Apple Inc for $1bn (£0.77bn), claiming that its in-store AI led to his mistaken arrest.
The suit filed Monday alleges that Ousmane Bah was first wrongly identified as a thief at one of Apple's stores in Boston last May after someone used his learner's driving permit which did not have a photo to pass themselves off as him when they were caught stealing more than $1,200 worth of merchandise. He also claims that he could not possibly have been the thief in question.
He was arrested in November past year in NY and charged for stealing from an Apple Store. A solid alibi of attending his senior prom in Manhattan cleared Bah of the Boston charges, with DE and Manhattan shortly following thanks to testimony from a detective that deemed the real perpetrator "looked nothing like" Bah within the footage. He was then arrested by the NYPD on November 29 for a string of robberies across New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan. A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said that the case there had been sealed and that she could not provide information about it. Additionally, a detective who examined the stores' surveillance footage concluded that Bah "looked nothing like" the thief.
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. Now, the victim has filed a $1 billion lawsuit that blames Apple's use of facial recognition software as the cause.
All the charges against Bah have now been dropped except for those in New Jersey.
In his complaint, Bah says that "he was forced to respond to multiple false allegations which led to severe stress and hardship". The detective reportedly said that this may have caused Mr Bah to be charged with thefts committed at Apple Stores in New York, Delaware, New Jersey and MA, according to court papers.