Apple finds itself on the dock in a legal proceeding launched in the state of New York. Point of attack: The Apple Watch's blood oxygen measurement is said to be "racially biased", providing less accurate results for people with darker skin tones.
Complaint against Apple signed by Alex Morales
The main plaintiff -Alex Morales- bought his Apple watch between 2020 and 2021 for the main purpose of measuring his blood oxygenation level, key data for the diagnosis of Covid-19 in the midst of a pandemic. He enjoins other plaintiffs to assist him via a Class Action (collective procedure) which specifies, among other things, that "the dependence on oximetry to triage patients and adjust their oxygen supplementation can put black patients at risk of hypoxia”.
The Apple Defense
Apple has so far responded that "measurements in the Blood Oxygen app are not intended for medical use or for self-diagnosis or consultation with a physician." Verbatim the disclaimer found on the official Oxygen App support page. Case to follow. Source: NYpost