Thanks to HBO’s Chernobyl, people know a lot about radiation. But manufacturers dragged to the court because of radiation from their smartphones is a new thing. Lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Apple and Samsung after it was revealed that the RF radiation emitted by smartphones manufactured by those of these firm. They exceeded safety standards, test commissioned by the Chicago Tribune.
The tests conclude, “According to federal guidelines at an accredited lab,” found that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7— one of the most popular smartphones ever sold—measured over the legal safety limit and more than double what Apple reported to federal regulators from its own testing.”
It is often debated that cell towers, Bluetooth cause cancer but it’s actually not proven. The class-action suit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The said lawsuit ropes in some famous devices manufactured by both the tech-giants, such as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8.
The lawsuit elaborated, “Numerous recent scientific publications, supported by hundreds of scientists worldwide, have shown that RF radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.”
There has been a lot of confusion over the maximum reported Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values for cell phones and some other wireless devices. It is a measure of the rate of RF energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone.
The Federal Communications Commission said, “Many people mistakenly assume that using a cell phone with a lower reported SAR value necessarily decreases a user’s exposure to RF emissions, or is somehow ‘safer’ than using a cell phone with a high SAR value.”
According to the plaintiffs, the Cupertino-giant covered up any risks by misrepresenting the safety of smartphones. But Apple isn’t budging. “All iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold. We are in compliance and meet all applicable exposure guidelines and limits” Samsung is yet to react.