A New York college student filed a lawsuit against Apple for $1 billion, claiming the company's alleged use of facial recognition software in its stores falsely linked him to a series of Apple store thefts.
Ousmane Bah, 18, claims that he received a summons from a court in Boston saying that he stole $1,200 worth of Apple products in 2018, according to papers filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court.
The products included Apple Pencils, which retail for $99 each.
On the day of one of the thefts in Boston, Bah was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, according to the court documents. The suit claims Bah was also falsely blamed for Apple store robberies in Delaware, New Jersey and Manhattan.
Bah says someone must have used his lost ID to pretend they were him after they got caught stealing merchandise from Apple. The college student believes that the iPhone giant accepted the identification and then programmed its security systems to recognize the perpetrator’s face as Bah’s.
The teen's life has been "deeply and negatively affected," according to the lawsuit. "He advanced through his freshman year of college experiencing constant anxiety and fear that at any moment he would be arrested again for a crime he did not commit."
The complaint said that Bah was "forced to respond to multiple false allegations," which lead to "severe stress and hardship."
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