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Lie Detector Tests Will Not Be Assessed


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:47pm 8th March 2013.

Lie detector tests being given to people in Cornwall will never be checked to see whether they got the answer right.

A whistle-blower told Pirate FM they are being used on people claiming a single person's discount on council tax.

At the time we were told the voice risk analysis results would be assessed.

Now County Hall says that is not possible because it is just one part of the screening.

Emma Carr from Big Brother Watch is against the fifty thousand pound scheme: "The government themselves trialled this a few years ago and found it to be very, very lax in terms of the results that it returned and academics have looked at it as well and compared it to using astronomy to detect fraud.

"If the government nationally has decided that it isn't worth the money and it's not up to scratch in terms of the results then I do question why local authorities think it's alright to spend £50,000 of their constituents money on something that is proven to not work."

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