18-Year-Old Sues Apple For $1 Billion Saying That Facial Recognition Software Led To False Arrest


Ousmane Bah, an 18-year-old college student, is suing Apple for $1 billion, claiming the company’s facial recognition software led to his false arrest.

According to Bloomberg, Bah filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on Monday against Apple and a security firm called Security Industry Specialists Inc.

In a copy of the complaint obtained by Business Insider, Bah said that he was arrested at his home in late November and accused of stealing from multiple Apple Stores in New York City, New Jersey and Delaware, among others.

Bah claims that he was not responsible for any of the burglaries, and said he was attending his senior prom in Manhattan when one of the thefts took place.

According to the lawsuit, a New York Police Department detective realized Bah had been wrongfully arrested as surveillance footage from one of the thefts showed the suspect “looked nothing like” Bah.

The detective then told Bah that Apple’s security technology “identifies suspects of theft using facial recognition technology,” the lawsuit states. The detective added that the suspect may have used Bah’s interim driver’s permit, which he had lost, as an ID, further linking Bah to the crimes.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple “relied so heavily on its facial recognition software that [it] failed to consider the possibility of human error in its identification procedures.”

Apple declined to comment on legal matters, but confirmed to PEOPLE that they do not use facial recognition technology in their stores.

The lawsuit does not provide details about how facial recognition software was allegedly used as a security measure by Apple.

“He was forced to respond to multiple false allegations which led to severe stress and hardship in his life, and also significant damage to his positive reputation that he had put so much effort into upholding,” Bah’s complaint reads.