U.S. Customs and Border Protection Is Using Retinal Scans to Try to Catch Liars
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using a futuristic eye-scanning device to weed out dishonest potential recruits during the initial application phase. That’s according to a detail contained within a blistering report from the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Inspector General released last week. The report criticizes the agency for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on what has so far been an unsuccessful attempt to fulfill president Donald Trump’s January 2017 executive order to hire 7,500 new CBP officers and Border Patrol agents over the next five years.
Eye-scanners that detect deception in a potential recruit appear to hold tremendous promise, and are faster, and cheaper, than traditional polygraph tests. Converse says EyeDetect has an 86% accuracy rate, compared to the 65-75 percent accuracy of traditional polygraph tests.” An earlier version of EyeDetect, however, was unable to outperform predictions based on random chance.