San Francisco Shelves Radiation Label Law
May 6, 2011, 7:23 AM by Eric M. Zeman
San Francisco has decided it will not fully enact a law passed in 2010 that would require San Francisco retailers to post the specific absorption rate (SAR) next to all phones being sold. The SAR is a number that the Federal Communications Commission uses to denote how much radiation is absorbed by the human body from any given phone. The law stirred the ire of the CTIA trade group, which sued the city and even cancelled plans to hold one of its annual trade shows in San Francisco. After performing more research, San Francisco sees that the law, in its current form, may lead to confusion among consumers. The city isn't backing down fully, however, and will likely introduce a less stringent set of requirements that would make sure consumers have the information they need to minimize radiation exposure and absorption. The CTIA has yet to respond to San Francisco's change in plans.
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