The $1 billion lawsuit Apple is facing is due to the “severe stress and hardship” Bah faced when dealing with multiple false allegations against him. Ousmane Bah was arrested on November 29th after he was falsely linked to a series of Apple Store thefts in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan. But Bah had never been to Boston and he was attending his senior prom in Manhattan on the day the theft took place. The real perpetrator used a stolen ID that had his name, address and other personal information and Apple programmed its stores’ face recognition system to associate the real thief’s face with Bah’s details.
An Apple store
The lawsuit argues that Apple’s “use of facial recognition software in its stores to track individuals suspected of theft is the type of Orwellian surveillance that consumers fear, particularly as it can be assumed that the majority of consumers are not aware that their faces are secretly being analyzed.” Charges against Bah have been dropped in every state except New Jersey, where the case is still pending.