Apr 23, 2019

Apple AI accused of leading to man's wrongful arrest

A student is suing Apple Inc for $1bn, claiming that its in-store AI led to his mistaken arrest. Ousmane Bah, 18, said he was accused of stealing from Apple Stores in four US states, and arrested at his home in New York last autumn. The detective reportedly said that this may have caused Mr Bah to be charged with thefts committed at Apple Stores in New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to court papers. Mr Bah said one of the charges was for the theft of Apple pencils from a store in Boston - a city he had never visited. As far as is known, this is the first case against Apple that claims its facial recognition technology has been used to identify customers in its stores.

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