New Yorker student sues Apple for $1 billion for falsely accusing him of theft

A New York student has filed a lawsuit against tech giant Apple Inc. claiming damages US$ 1 billion after the company’s facial-recognition software falsely linked him to a series of thefts from Apple stores.

The eighteen year old student going by the name Ousmane Bah, said he was arrested at his home in New York in November and charged with stealing from an Apple store. The arrest warrant included a photo which did not resemble Bah, he said in a lawsuit filed Monday. One of the thefts he was charged with, in Boston, took place in June, when he was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, he added.

Bah lost a non-photo learner’s permit, which the thief may have found and used as identification in Apple stores. As a result, Bah claimed, his name may have been mistakenly connected to the thief’s face in Apple’s facial recognition system, which he said the company uses in its stores to track people suspected of theft.

The complaint read, “He was forced to respond to multiple false allegations which led to severe stress and hardship.”

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