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11th August 2020 - Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful
During the remote hearing last month, Liberty's barrister Dan Squires QC argued that if everyone was stopped and asked for their personal data on the way into a stadium, people would feel uncomfortable. "If they were to do this with fingerprints, it would be unlawful, but by doing this with AFR there are no legal constraints," he said, as there are clear laws and guidance on taking fingerprints.
30th July 2020 - Exclusive: Arizona leads multi-state probe into older iPhones slowing, shutting down
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Arizona is leading a multi-U.S. state investigation into whether Apple Inc’s deliberate slowing of older iPhones violated deceptive trade practice laws, documents reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday showed.
In the ongoing probe since at least October 2018, investigators have asked Apple for data about “unexpected shutdowns” of iPhones and the company’s throttling, or slowing down, of the devices through power management software, documents Reuters obtained from Texas through a public records request showed.
PhoneGate Alert Update 2020! By Peter Daley
15th July 2020
Large numbers of mobile phones in use are emitting microwave frequency radiation way above the regulatory limit, when placed against the body. For safety reason it would be wise to check if you are, or a family member is using one of these mobile phone models.
After months of legal action by French physician Dr. Marc Arazi, in June 2017 the National Frequency Agency of France (ANFR) revealed the 2015 test results of hundreds of cell phones. This ANFR study shows that if you use these phones like the majority of people do, touching the body, the phones greatly exceeded the French government radiation exposure safety limits.
If you do place one of these mobile phones directly in contact with your body, your exposure level to microwave radiation can be three or more times greater than the maximum Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) government safety level! Independent scientific experts around the world have been saying for decades that the microwave radiation SARs regulatory limits are already set far to high to protect public health, and particularly for children!
Phonegate organization has had some success in having a number of the offending mobile phones sanctioned, or withdrawn from the market, but there is a lot more to this story!
25th May 2020 - Withdrawal of the Razer Phone 2: not seeing the forest for the trees!Extracts:
Since then, in two years, thanks to our action, 23 different smartphone models controlled by ANFR have been found to have SAR levels for the head and body above the regulatory limit of 2 W/kg during ANFR inspections. Four have been withdrawn from the French market. The others have only had their SAR level “updated” (reduced by updating).
However, tests conducted by both ANFR and the journalist Sam Roe for the Chicago Tribune have shown that the local body SAR level is multiplied by a factor of 3 to 4 when measured either at direct skin contact or at 2mm. That of the Razer Phone 2 could reach over 10 W/kg at direct contact with the skin.
“that the representative of the European Commission is hiding behind a staggering technocratic cynicism. His non-reaction shows the extent to which the mobile telephony industry lobbies have knowingly silenced the European authorities. We demand that this new health scandal, Phonegate, be treated with seriousness and a sense of responsibility. The health of hundreds of millions of Europeans citizen is at stake”.
UPDATE to PhoneGate Alert!
Two new smartphones have just been sanctioned for exceeding the SAR level: the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and the Gigaset plus. This is a new advance in our alert action!
However, we have been waiting since last October for the Government to deliver on its promise to update the excessive SAR levels of several hundred mobile phone models. We demand that the commitments made following the recommendations of the French National Health Agency (ANSES) be fulfilled.
The Covid19 crisis does not justify such a delay. The Phonegate scandal is also a real health emergency!
See here the list of the 23 smartphones sanctioned to date:
See also the list of hundreds of models awaiting government intervention :
Please share widely around you until we get the same thing all over Europe and internationally. Together we can do it! The Phonegate Alert team.
Download this free WiFi Safety Guide below, on page 2 it has practical suggestions on how to limit your family's WiFi radiation exposure. https://sccc.org.au/wifi/microwave-safety-chart.pdf
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Read the previous article on "Mobile Phone Safety" https://sccc.org.au/mobile-phone-safety
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