Facetime to Jail time, pretty much!
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’s lawsuit claims that someone stole his driver’s permit, which did not have a face photo, and then used that permit to wrongly identify themselves as Bah when they were caught stealing $1,200 worth of Apple products, mostly Apple pencils, from a Boston store location.
According to the lawsuit, the teen life has been negatively and deeply affected. Bah claims to never have been to Boston. Most importantly, he was attending his senior prom during the time of the alleged theft.
This is a confusing case and the lawsuit may be misguided in how it presents Apple’s facial recognition technology. It’s impossible to know at this point exactly what errors and missteps occurred, but it certainly seems that Bah could have been screwed over by Apple’s negligence.