26.04.19

Teen victim of facial recognition arrest sues Apple

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Ousmane Bah, an 18-year-old student from New York, is suing Apple for USD 1 billion for false arrest, reports Bloomberg. According to Bah, Apple's in-store facial recognition software mistakenly linked him to a series of thefts from Apple Stores, leading to his arrest back in November.

Bah said that the arrest warrant included a photo that did not resemble him, and that during one of the thefts he was charged with in Boston, he was attending a senior prom in Manhattan.

Bah says that he at one time had a learner's permit without a photograph stolen, which could have been found or stolen by the real thief and used as identification in Apple Stores, leading to his name being mistakenly linked to the thief's face in Apple's facial recognition systems.

Bah says that he was forced to respond to "multiple false allegations which led to severe stress and hardship."

Apple has declined to comment on the case, which also involves Security Industry Specialists.