A NY college student is suing Apple for $1 billion because he says the company’s secret in-store artificial intelligence incorrectly marked him as a thief, leading to his wrongful arrest
Ousmane Bah, 18, was arrested at his home in New York late last year on suspicion of stealing from Apple Stores across four states. At the time of one of the alleged incidents in Boston, the student was attending his senior prom in New York.
Bah thinks his lost learner’s driving permit, that didn’t include a photograph, may have been used by the thief as identification during one of the robberies, linking his name to the crimes. He says that Apple’s in-store AI then incorrectly associated video footage of the real thief with his name.
The student claims an NYPD detective informed him that reviewed CCTV footage shows Bah looks “nothing like” the perpetrator, leading him to believe that it was Apple’s own AI technology that mistakenly linked him to the crimes.
Apple has denied using facial recognition software in its stores. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Bah says the “stress and hardship” of traveling to multiple states to respond to the charges has affected his college attendance and thus his grades.