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San Francisco Shelves Radiation Label Law

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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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May 6, 2011, 7:28 AM


people could take personal initiative and educate themselves.

Why do we insist for all this stuff to be done for us?

effin google it.
I can find the SAR value VERY easily. Hell, CNET dot com lists the SAR for EVERY phone they review, and they review everything on their site. Laws like these are unneccesary and they will only make us lazier and less responsible, and this is NOT wha...
Plus, a phone with a low SAR rating is not inherently safer than a phone with the maximum allowed SAR rating, the difference is negligible. The real tragedy here is how much time and money was wasted kicking around such a ridiculous law.
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