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EU Testing AI Lie Detectors at Border Crossings

EU Testing AI Lie Detectors at Border Crossings

Under the system, travelers faces are recorded and AI is used to analyze 38 micro-gestures and score each response.

The €4.5m project, called iBorderCtrl, will be tested at the borders of Hungary, Latvia and Greece for six months.

The first part of the two-step system happens before travelers arrive at the border.

iBorderCtrl will require travelers to upload pictures of their passport, visa, and proof of funds.

The European Commission said the trials will initially take place in a lab environment, in order to help border guards get to grips with the system, and will later continue in "realistic conditions along the borders".

"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".

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Travelers are also informed about their rights and travel procedures, and they're given advice that discourages illegal activity. When iBorderCtrl determines the traveller is being truthful, they receive a QR code that will let them pass the border. Persons deemed to be high-risk travelers will undergo a more detailed check.

Hand-held devices will cross-check information, comparing facial images with passport photos.

If the AI suspects that the traveler is lying, then they will be going to under biometric information and will be passed on to a human agent who will then go to their review their application and make an amended decision. "Only then does a border guard take over from the automated system".

Prelaunch experiments with an older system had a success rate of around 75 per cent, which the team behind iBorderCtrl believes is because its tests were done with volunteers who had been asked to lie. In 2015 large numbers of people attempted to cross into the European Union from the Middle East many of these were people escaping violence in Syria.

The European Commission's website claims the program is created to alleviate the "huge volume of travelers and vehicles", which makes it hard for agents to "uphold strict security protocols - checking the travel documents and biometrics of every passenger".


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