AI lie detectors to be tested by the EU at border points

Ruben Fields
November 3, 2018

It's not easy policing the 700 million-plus people who enter the European Union every year; staff must uphold strict security protocols-checking travel documents and biometrics of each passenger-while avoiding traffic jams.

Prior to traveling, people will be required to upload pictures of their passport, visa, and proof of funds online.

If the program iBorderCtrl decides that the traveler is telling the truth, then he will receive a QR code which will allow to cross the border.

Travellers answer while facing a webcam, letting the system analyse and rate dozens of micro-gestures.

A six-month pilot program will see an automated border agent question travelers on non-EU borders in Hungary, Latvia, and Greece, Gizmodo reports.

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"The technology is advertised as having a "unique approach to deception detection", analysing the micro-expressions of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying".

Travellers who have been flagged as low risk by the lie detector will go through a short re-evaluation of their information for entry.

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"Border officials will use a hand-held device to automatically cross-check information, comparing the facial images captured during the pre-screening stage to passports and photos taken on previous border crossings", the European Commission's website states. If the traveler is believed to be a risk, the case is formally handed over to a human agent for further investigation. "IBORDERCTRL's system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit", project coordinator George Boultadakis explained. Initial trials will begin with lab testing to train border guards with the system, this is followed by onsite testing of the system along borders. However, the accuracy rate of roughly 76 percent - based on a trial of 30 people - leaves much to be desired, and so concrete trials are a preferable option to an EU-wide rollout until the lie detection system has been improved. The system was designed after extensive analysis of the existing system as well as intensive interviews with current border security staff.

"Once these systems are put into use, they will not go away".

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