Baffling tale of Apple shops' 'non-facial' 'facial recognition', a stolen ID, and a $1bn lawsuit after a wrongful arrest

www.theregister.co.uk | 5/31/2018 | Staff
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A teenager is suing Apple in the US for $1bn, claiming he was misidentified as a thief by a mysterious facial-recognition system in the iGiant's stores.

Ousmane Bah, 18, is suing Cook & Co for ten-figure damages after his lawyer claims the teenager was falsely identified as a shoplifter by a facial recognition system Apple is apparently using. Bah was cited in numerous shoplifting heists in Apple's stores across the US East Coast, even in cities he claims never to have visited.

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Court documents [PDF] state that last year Bah received a letter out of the blue summoning him to a Boston court on an allegation of theft. He was accused of stealing multiple Apple Pencils – a $99 tool used for the iPad Pro – from an Apple Store in the Massachusetts city, adding up to over $1,200.

At the time of the alleged crime, on May 31, 2018, Bah was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, and had never even been to Boston before. Months later, he was also accused of nicking stuff from several other Apple stores in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City. In November, New York City cops barged into Bah's home at 4am, and arrested him on allegations of theft.

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What’s weird is a photo of the suspected Apple Store thief included in the arrest warrant didn't even look like Bah. A NYPD detective soon realized that Bah had been wrongfully arrested: the teenager hadn't been at any of the Apple Stores listed, and certainly hadn't stolen anything. So, what went wrong? It’s an unfortunate case of misplaced ID and facial recognition, his lawyers are claiming.

Has Apple got into facial recognition?

Lawsuit - NYPD - Detective - Bah - Apple

The lawsuit stated a NYPD detective told Bah that Apple identifies suspected thieves as they enter and walk...
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