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Teen sues Apple for $1b over false arrest

April 24, 2019
 

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Ousmane Bah, an 18-year-old from New York, is suing Apple for $1 billion for his false arrest, reports Bloomberg

He had said that the authorities had used the company’s facial recognition software that resulted in him being wrongfully arrested back in November. He was charged with stealing from their stores in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan.

Bah says the whole thing has affected his education and reputation and caused him stress and hardship. He accused Apple of negligence, infliction of emotional distress, slander, libel and fraudulent concealment.

Related: Apple reportedly bringing Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts to Mac

According to Engadget, Bah’s lawsuit states he had recently lost a non-photo learners permit, which the real thief then got a hold of. The ID had his name, address and other personal information included.

But because it didn’t have a photo, the lawsuit says that Apples’s facial recognition system linked the real criminal’s face with Bah’s details – he said the company uses this process in its stores to track people suspected of theft.

When the New York Police Department arrested him, even the detective working the case said he looked nothing like the thief, who was caught on CCTV.

After reviewing the footage, charges were dropped against Bah in all states except for New Jersey, where it’s still pending. On one of the days he was accused of stealing Apple goods from a Boston store, Bah was actually at his senior prom.

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