Apple sued for $1 billion for something that it claims could not happen

Apple sued for $1 billion for something that it claims could not happen
Apple's settlement with Qualcomm last week resulted in both sides dropping all lawsuits filed against each other. But that doesn't mean that Apple is off the hook when it comes to billion-dollar lawsuits filed against it. Bloomberg and the NY Post both report that an 18-year old named Ousmane Bah is suing the tech giant for $1 billion dollars. The teen claims that he was falsely arrested by the NYPD on November 29th of last year because of the facial recognition that Apple uses in its Apple Stores.

The NYPD slapped the cuffs on Bah, alleging that he was responsible for Apple Store thefts in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware, and Manhattan. The teen's lawsuit claims that Apple found a stolen ID with his name and address, but not his picture, and programmed its Store's facial recognition system to connect the real thief's face with the data from Bah's ID. And the suit claims that on the basis of this mistaken identity, Bah was arrested at his home in New York.

Bah is apparently off the hook; detectives realized that the man seen on Apple's surveillance footage ripping off the stores did not resemble him. And when the Boston Apple Store was robbed of $1,200 worth of Apple products, the teen had a valid alibi. That day, he was attending his senior prom in New York. As a result, the charges against Bah were dropped everywhere but in New Jersey. In that state, the case is still pending.

What is interesting is that Bah's lawsuit against Apple includes the following passage: "(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." And while that would seem to be quite a charge to be leveled against the tech giant, Apple says that it does not use any facial recognition system in its retail locations.

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14 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 998; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I doubt any judge will ever make any company pay 1 billion in situations like these.

2. maherk

Posts: 6927; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The reason they ask that much, is that because they know they'll only be awarded a fraction for whatever they were asking for. So the higher the number, the more they'll get.

4. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

but knowing apple...they will settle for as little as possible lol

5. maherk

Posts: 6927; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's also applies to every other cooperation, but he'll get more than if he just asked for few millions.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Umm, doesn't Apple have security cameras in every store, and there is multiple cameras, that also give different perspectives. So stores can use that to help find and comprehend suspects. This also applies to any business or home that uses cameras.

8. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Congratulation for 6666 post

11. oldskool50 unregistered

But that's not always true. What a jury rewards you end the end, in many cases has zero to do with what you asked for. It has more to do with, what evidence you provide for the basis of what you are asking, and its actual perception of value to the jury who knows zero about technology.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Why not sue police instead? They made a warrant. Why always apple to blame and not the system? $1B is a joke, make it $200B instead.

13. oldskool50 unregistered

Did you even read the accusation? NO! You just completely wrote it off as false because it was filed against Apple. So predictable!

10. oldskool50 unregistered

Wow! Another lawsuit? As they say, when it rains, it pours. Apple who started this with suing people for absolutely no reason, is now feeling the karma of their actions. And this is rightly what they deserve.

14. poopypants78

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

"And when the Boston Apple Store was robbed of $1,200 worth of Apple products,"..... $1200 worth of apple products, so the dude stole one phone?

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