Polygraphs: but they scare the Hell out of people

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – November 21, 2003)

LIE DETECTORS: WILL THEY REDUCE INSURANCE FRAUD IN EUROPE?

For a while maybe. After one major auto insurer in the UK began using voice risk-analysis software six months ago, a quarter of the stolen car claims were dropped. Now, the Daily Telegraph claims, other auto and home insurers in the UK and France hope to reduce fraud with voice analysis technology. WN assures readers it’s just as accurate as the polygraph. Richard Nixon was so frustrated by White House leaks that he ordered polygraph exams for the entire staff. “Do they work?” an aide asked. “I don’t know,” Nixon is said to have replied, “but they scare the Hell out of people.” As people get used to it, their fear wears off.

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