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False incrimination and discrimination? EU won’t answer questions on “video lie detector” research

False incrimination and discrimination? EU won’t answer questions on “video lie detector” research

The EU Commission won’t answer questions on false incrimination by and discriminatory effects of “video lie detector technology” which has been tested at several EU borders using EU funds. When asked by Pirate Party MEP Patrick Breyer about the frequency of false positives and group bias, EU Security Commissioner Johansson merely promised “public research reports later in 2020″[1].

“The video lie detector technology is exemplary for untrustworthy, pseudo-scientific ‘artificial intelligence’ sponsored by the EU”, comments Breyer.

“Commissioner Johansson deceives the public about the purpose of the iBorderCtrl EU research project which aimed at developing a prototype later to be used on all travellers at EU borders. The developer of the ‘deception detection’ module is in talks to sell this sham and discriminatory technology to law firms, banks, and insurance companies, where it would falsely accuse participants in workplace interviews and fraud screenings of lying.”

The EU funded the testing of a “video lie detector” promising to detect deception by immigrants through video recordings of their faces when answering questions. Breyer is suing the EU Commission’s Research Agency for its refusal to disclose ethical and legal assessments of the iBorderCtrl technology and the results of the tests. The agency has admitted in court it had “not examined whether the subject and methods of the project are scientifically valid”.

[1] Written question and answer on “video lie detector” technology: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-000152-ASW_DE.pdf

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