Remember that San Francisco ordinance about putting warning labels on cell phones over the amount of radiation it emits that the mobile industry hated? Well, it looks like the city by the bay will be backing off from it.
The proposed San Francisco cell phone radiation law would require sellers of mobile devices to provide a displayed warning of the amount of radiation that these handsets emit. This is despite the fact that all phones must pass through the Federal Communications Commission with an “acceptable” level of radiation emission.
The CTIA sued San Francisco and pulled its annual trade show from the city. That sucks for me personally because I loved going to that convention without having to leave the city I live in.
The SF Chronicle is reporting that the cell phone radiation ordinance has been put on hold and that a “watered-down version” will likely take its place. This could include tip sheets on how to expose yourself to less radiation but the full details aren’t fully known yet.
The cell phone radiation ordinance is facing scrutiny because of the accuracy of the measurement. In particular, the law would require that users know the specific absorption rate, even though this isn’t the best representation of how much radiation a user would be exposed to on a regular basis.