Burkhard Schafer Provides Comment to BBC News

Burkhard Schafer, Senior Lecturer in Computational Legal Theory, has provided expert comment to the BBC News Service about the misuse of brain scanning as a method for lie detection.

Burkhard Schafer, Senior Lecturer in Computational Legal Theory, has provided expert comment to the BBC News Service about the misuse of brain scanning as a method for lie detection.

Recent research has demonstrated that certain areas of the human brain 'light up' when the person is telling a lie.  Experts have now warned of the possibility for misuse of this new technology, particularly by courts and insurance providers who may want to acquire more conclusive evidence in cases of fraud or criminal conduct. 

Burkhard Schafer has highlighted the issues of invasion of privacy and reliability of technology, and is quoted as saying ''After data mining and online profiling, brain imaging could well become the next frontier in the privacy wars.  The promise to read a person's mind is beguiling, and some applications will be greatly beneficial.  But a combination of exaggerated claims by commercial providers, inadequate legal regulation and the persuasive power of images bring very real dangers for us as citizens."

Read the BBC News Article

Academic profile: Mr Burkhard Schafer