New Eye-Monitoring Lie Detector by Converus Has Its Sight Set on Keeping Sex Offenders Honest

EyeDetect, the first lie detector to accurately detect deception by analyzing eye behavior, may become the new tool for ensuring sex offenders are not violating parole. It can identify truthful sex offenders on parole with a 97% testing confidence.

EyeDetect, which uses a high-definition, infrared eye-tracking camera to detect deception via involuntary eye behavior, can identify truthful sex offenders on parole with a 97% testing confidence.

LEHI, Utah – Oct. 28, 2016 – Soon sex offenders nationwide may be examined for any parole or probation violations by a new lie detector that monitors eye behavior to detect deception. EyeDetect is the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing involuntary eye behavior.

Converus, the Utah-based tech start-up behind the technology, has already conducted post-conviction sex offender tests in Texas and Utah.

“EyeDetect can identify truthful sex offenders on parole with a 97% testing confidence,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one meta study shows sex offender recidivism rates are about 14 percent at 5 years on probation. Using this 14 percent recidivism rate, Mickelsen said in a group of 100 sex offenders, EyeDetect will identify 77 individuals as truthful about their behavior while on parole or probation. Of that group, only 2 will be incorrectly identified (false negatives). This means that 75 of 77 will be correctly identified as truthful, or 97 percent.

“Such tests are vital in helping health care, corrections and law enforcement professionals in treating sex offenders,” said Mickelsen. “Plus, it’s fast and very cost effective.”

Unlike a polygraph, an EyeDetect test is nonintrusive. The person being tested sits in front of an EyeDetect Station, which is a computer equipped with a high-definition, infrared eye-tracking camera. The eye tracker is calibrated to monitor involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other eye movements — and to administer the test. The test takes 30 minutes and provides a “truthful” or “deceptive” score in about 10 minutes.

Most companies, in countries where it’s legal to administer lie detection tests in the workplace, use it for pre-employment screening of job candidates and periodic testing of current employees. Mickelsen claims EyeDetect is not only ideal for screening sex offenders, but also job candidates in government, law enforcement and corrections, as well as visa applicants, immigrants, probationers and parolees.