Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate (updated)

News since we last updated our article:

  • Issue of opinion by ANSES, « Exposure to mobile telephones carried close to the body »
  • Announcement by French Government on limiting exposure to the radiation of cell phones and better informing the public
  • Meeting with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Request by the Environmental Health Trust and Phonegate Alert for Congressional hearings on illegal cell phone radiation
  • New study suggesting that exposure to radiofrequency radiation is associated with an increase in DNA damage
  • Confirmation of the Court of Appeal of Turin of the link between a head tumor and cell phone use

Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate
by Meris Michaels, Revised 16 January 2020

Phonegate Press Book

For over 20 years, cell phone users have been knowingly misled about their true levels of exposure to radiofrequency radiation RFR) under real conditions of use in contact with the body. Consumers have been doubly misled by not having been informed by the public authorities to keep the phone away from the body.

This issue concerns all of us and those we love. Most of us have cell phones. We hold them against our heads, keep them switched on in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked in a bra. Many of us are unaware that cell phone manufacturers are testing phones at a certain distance from the body, not in the ways that most of us use them, touching the body. These same manufacturers warn us to keep the phone at a distance from the body.

The authorities have been lax in implementing public health campaigns and recommendations to reduce RFR exposure, especially regarding children, pregnant women and medically sensitive populations who are more vulnerable to this radiation.

1.Measurements of exposure to cell phone radiation exceed regulatory thresholds, posing a risk to the health and safety of billions of users

For over 20 years, cell phone users have been misled about the true levels of exposure

Most of us are not aware or sufficiently informed that manufacturers are testing cell phones at a certain distance from the body, not in the ways that most of us use them. The international NGO, Phonegate Alert Association, now has proof that for over 20 years, manufacturers have been placing cell phones on the market under deceptive conditions. Both the manufacturers and regulators have not taken into account the real conditions of use in the calculation of the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate, the indicator used to measure the rate of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body when using a wireless device). The SAR, expressed in watts per kilogram (W/kg), is set to protect cell phone users from overheating or thermal effects. It is well established that thermal effects can be harmful to health. Many cell phones placed on the market exceed the maximum SAR regulatory threshold. This health and industrial scandal is called “Phonegate”.

French national agency conducts SAR tests on cell phones in contact with the body

In July 2016, a scientific report was published by the French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), entitled, “Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health”. The ANSES Report highlighted the results of the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) 2015 measurement tests of 95 mobile phones tested in body contact positions – meaning, with no separation distance. ANSES announced that 9 out of 10 mobile phones tested in contact with the skin exceeded the regulatory threshold of 2 W/kg, some of them more than three times.

Upon discovery of this information, French physician Dr. Marc Arazi and now the Phonegate Alert Association, took legal action to get ANFR to make public, in June 2017 and March 2018, data concerning the SAR tests carried out in contact with the body on 454 cell phones. The tests revealed that 9 out of 10 cell phones checked in 2015 and 20% of phones tested in France in the first half of 2018 exceed the SAR trunk value. These results were kept secret from consumers. The test results of some phones were as high as more than 20 times the manufacturer’s previously reported SAR levels. Phonegate Alert is continuing its legal actions to obtain the publication of new data. 1

The phones tested by ANFR are among the most popular brands used by consumers.

Of 22 cell phone models, 18 have been withdrawn from the market or updated and 9 are the subject of class actions/criminal complaints in France

Due to the pressure of Phonegate’s action, since April 2018, 18 cell phone models have been withdrawn from the market or updated for exceeding the SAR threshold. Five mobile phones were withdrawn, including the Hapi 30 (affecting nearly 100,000 consumers in France), and 13 others updated. Recently, tests carried out on the Redmi Note 5 manufactured by the Chinese company Xiaomi, revealed that the SAR head exceeded the regulatory value. In April 2019, ANFR issued press releases stating that the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 cell phones exceed the SAR trunk value. Their software has been updated by the manufacturer. On 16 July 2019, ANFR announced that the Nokia 6.1 (TA-1043) smartphone exceeded the SAR trunk value. HMD GLOBAL OY opted for an update of the phone.

In a press release published on 25 July 2019, ANFR announced the withdrawal of two new smartphones marketed by the Malaysian company LEAGOO INTELLIGENCE CO. and by the Romanian company S.C. VISUAL FAN SRL. The test controls of the SAR trunk of these phones carried out in August and October 2018 by an approved laboratory showed a SAR of 2.39 W/kg for the LEAGOO S8 phone and 4.6 W/kg for the ALLVIEW X4 SOUL MINI S phone. A ministerial decree of 12 July 2019, published in the “Journal officiel de la République française” on 20 July 2019, now prohibits the placing on the market and putting into service of these two phones. This is the first time such a procedure has been used.

ANFR had given notice to the two companies to take all necessary measures to put an end to the non-compliance of these devices. In the absence of a response from the companies, ANFR decided to proceed with the withdrawal and recall of these two phones from the market.

On 4 October 2019, ANFR announced the withdrawal from the market and the recall of the ECHO Horizon Lite phone following measures to control the SAR “trunk” which revealed that the authorized regulatory limit had been exceeded. ANFR also sanctioned the French distribution company MODELABS MOBILES, which markets this model, with an administrative fine of €7,500. The SAR “trunk” of the Echo Horizon Lite was measured at 2.38W/kg in May 2018 and at a higher level of 2.84 W/kg after ANFR requested the update of this phone.

Nine cell phone models are the subject of class actions/criminal complaints in France.

Since the transposition into French law of the European Radio Equipment Directive (RED) in June 2017 establishing a regulatory framework for placing radio equipment on the market, ANFR can impose administrative sanctions in the event of devices exceeding the SAR threshold including administrative fines (€7,500 for a legal entity), requests for withdrawal from the market and recall of devices already purchased.

*Subject of class action/criminal complaint

French national health agency ANSES issues opinion on « Exposure to mobile telephones carried close to the body »

On 21 October 2019, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), issued an opinion entitled, « Exposure to mobile telephones carried close to the body » recommending that: 2

  • measures be taken to ensure users are no longer exposed to cell phone radiation levels that exceed regulatory limits
  • consumers are educated about the manufacturers’ instructions for a separation distance
  • compliance testing of emissions be updated so that cell phone radiation tests are performed in positions of body contact.

In addition, the ANSES opinion analyzed the biological and health effects already reported in previous ANSES expert appraisals (mainly in 2013 and 2016). The current expert appraisal points to biological effects, with limited evidence, in particular on brain activity associated with exposure above 2 W/kg.

The authors of the opinion extend their recommendations to other radiofrequency emitting devices, including toys and tablets.

French Government issues press release on limiting exposure to radiation of cell phones and better informing the public

In response to the ANSES opinion, the French ministries of Health, Ecology and Economy issued a joint press release on 25 October 2019 announcing: 3

  • France will ask the European Commission to strengthen the requirements applicable to new mobile phones placed on the market. The Government will request that the certification tests be carried out in contact with the device (at 0 mm), and not at 5 mm as is currently the case
  • ANFR will develop tools to inform consumers about the emissions of their phone and manufacturers’ recommended distance
  • The Government will bring together the manufacturers to engage in a voluntary action to update the software of their models so they meet new emission test guidelines.
  • The Government also reminds users of the its 6 recommended practices to adopt when using a mobile phone to reduce their exposure to RF radiation including use of a hands-free kit to keep the phone away from the head.
Phonegate Alert joins forces with other associations working to protect public health

The Director General of ANSES, Mr. Roger Genet, officially informed Phonegate Alert on 12 September 2019 of the integration of the association into the « Radiofrequencies & Health » dialogue committee of ANSES.

In October 2019, Phonegate Alert joined forces with a number of other French associations in order to establish a more effective counter-lobby, given the power of the industrial lobbies, the complicity of the public authorities and difficulties in the legal field. The associations are: Robin des Toits, Priartem, ASEF, France Nature environnement, SERA, ARTAC, Association Zone Blanche, CRIIREM, CLCV, CNAFAL, CNL.

On 8 November 2019, the French magazine, Marianne, published on its website an open letter to the French Ministers for Health, Ecology, and Economy, signed with six of the associations listed above, explaining the Phonegate issue and criticizing the French Government’s proposals with regard to testing of cell phones and protection of users’ health. 4

Meeting with the Ministry of Economy and Finance

On 7 January 2020, a meeting was held with representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In attendance were the President of Robin des toits, the Vice-President of Criirem (French Center for Independent Research and Information on Electromagnetic Radiation), and the president and treasurer of Phonegate Alert. Issues discussed included: the European Directive 2914/53/EU, surveillance of placing on the market of mobile phones and other connected devices, information for better protection of consumers and users, and 5G.

Proposals included: no longer allowing manufacturers to place their mobile phones on the market on the basis of their own internal testing; launch of an investigation by the French Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Repression of Fraud into the deceptive practices of mobile phone manufacturers; review of the recommendation regarding hands-free kits; provision of visible warnings on mobile phones and on packaging concerning pregnant women and children.

250 cell phone models posing a risk to users’ health continue to be sold

The ANFR data reveal that 250 cell phone models exceed the regulatory limits and must be removed from the market. These phones continue to be sold not only in France and Europe but also in many other countries. It is time that the European and international authorities take action to protect the health of users. 5

Cell phone regulations outdated in all countries of the world

In all countries of the world, the cell phone regulations are outdated.

Manufacturers are not required to conduct cell phone tests in direct body positions. Most have been testing between 15-25 mm from the body. New European legislation went into effect in 2017, obliging manufacturers to test SAR extremities (hands, feet, wrists, ankles) at 0 mm. For the trunk (torso, legs, arms), phones may be tested a few millimeters from the skin. The public authorities are largely remiss in informing the population. The French State merely communicates the risk of holding a mobile phone against the ear by recommending the use of a hands-free kit “to limit exposure of the head to radio emissions during communications”. French legislation only requires manufacturers to make public the SAR head value at the point of sale as well as in advertisements. The recommendation for the use of a hands-free kit or headset must appear on the packaging of any cell phone sold.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows manufacturers to test cell phones at a distance of 5 to 25 mm from the body. The SAR standards have not been updated since 1996.

On 12 May 2015, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the U.S. to require cell phone retailers to provide an information fact sheet to all those who purchase a new phone. The fact sheet informs buyers to read the user manual to learn the cell phone’s minimum separation distance from the body. The text states:

“The City of Berkeley requires that you be provided the following notice: To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

Polls reveal large number of users unaware of cell phone safety warnings

A highly respected poll of Berkeley residents conducted in April 2015 found that while 74% of respondents, including children, carried their phones in a pants or shirt pocket with the phone switched on – considered close contact – 66% were unaware that cell phone manufacturers recommend the products be carried away from the body or used with hands-free devices.

An independent survey by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) of more than 11,000 Canadians found that 80% were unaware of manufacturers stating the separation distance in user manuals and cell phones, and 67% admitted to carrying the phone against their bodies. An Australian study found that 25% of women have carried their cell phone tucked in their bra.

SAR thresholds

Europe has different cell phone SAR limits than the United States and Canada. The U.S. SAR maximum limits, adopted by the FCC in 1996, are 20% more stringent than those of France – 1.6 W/kg vs. 2.0 W/kg. Therefore, the results from the ANFR testing would likely be much worse for U.S. compliant phones. Also, the European SAR limit averages over 10 grams of tissue for 6 minutes of exposure to the head, trunk and extremities and the U.S. SAR limit, over 1 gram of tissue for 6 minutes of exposure to the head and trunk and 30 minutes for the extremities. Averaging over a larger volume, such as the 10 gram volume, allows much higher peak radiation values, such as are at the tissue locations closest to the cell phone.

Cell Phones Exceed Limits When Tested at Body

The regulatory and public health agencies must take responsibility for protecting the population from harm. Phonegate Alert is working with scientists, researchers and other organizations to revise testing procedures, including taking into account the smaller size of children.

In March 2018, Dr. Arazi and Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust, jointly addressed a letter to the FCC, asking for a revision of the 1996 standards, taking into account the documentation from France and Europe on SAR standards and users’ overexposure to RF fields emitted by cell phones, and recommending measures to better protect users’ health, especially children. The current SAR test system protocols do not take into account the unique physiology of children, who have smaller heads and thinner skulls than adults, allowing RF energy to penetrate more deeply into their brains. 6

Relatively Greater Absorption Into Faster Growing Brain Tissues of Children

The letter also stressed the importance of developing and implementing public health campaigns and recommendations to reduce exposure directed primarily at parents, children, pregnant women and medically sensitive populations.

The FCC has not replied to this letter.

FCC maintains its existing radiofrequency limits dating from 1996

Together, the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have set the RFR exposure guidelines for most countries. In 2019, proposed revised safety limits for RFR exposure guidelines continued to ignore or dismiss most of the research published since the original guidelines were adopted in the 1990’s. The revised exposure limits fail to regulate low intensity RFR exposures that have been found to cause harm to humans and other species in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. ICNIRP and the FCC have long-standing conflicts of interest with the telecommunications industry.

After six years of study, the FCC announced in a press release dated 8 August 2019 that it was « appropriate to maintain the existing radiofrequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cell phones ». The rules, which were first adopted in 1996, are the only ones governing cell phone exposures in the U.S. 7

The FCC officials said at a press briefing that scientific evidence to date indicates that, in terms of causing health effects, 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G. The higher-frequency signals (millimeter waves) used to deliver 5G also present no health risk, they said, pointing out that the existing RF exposure guidelines also apply to 5G.

It is recalled that during the 7 February 2019 U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of 5G technology and its impact on the American people and economy, Senator Richard Blumenthal raised concerns about the lack of scientific research and data on the potential health risks of 5G technology. « Wireless carriers concede they are not aware of any independent scientific studies on the safety of 5G technologies.”

There has been limited research on the subject, and the FCC has thus far failed to adequately explain how they have determined 5G is safe.

Environmental Health Trust and Phonegate Alert Call for Congressional hearings on illegal cell phone radiation

On 17 December 2019, a letter jointly signed by Dr. Marc Arazi and Dr. Devra Davis, requesting action by the United States Congress, was sent to selected chairpersons of committees: Senators Roger Wicker and Lamar Alexander, and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Frank Pallone. The letter calls on congressional leaders to put an end to the failure of the FCC to provide appropriate ways to test cell phones and to recall the millions of devices that French government and other independent assessments find emitting excessive levels of radiation. The letter includes a report, “Background and facts documenting Phonegate,” detailing numerous serious shortcomings of the FCC. 8, 9

The letter is supported by the president of Consumers for Safe Cell Phones, Cindy Franklin, and the California Brain Tumor Association, Ellen Marks, who join in demanding that investigations be launched to shed light on this widespread industrial deception and its consequences for the health of millions of cell phone users.

“We are writing to inform you and your staff of evidence of deceptive marketing practices by cell phone manufacturers and the serious shortcomings and lack of accountability regarding our federal regulators, in particular, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

The letter asks for support for the request for a congressional hearing to investigate:

  • industry’s deceptive actions with respect to marketing phones that exceed federal safety guidelines
  • lack of federal regulatory oversight by the FCC to ensure that phones are being tested as they are being used by today’s consumers – in direct contact with the body

The letter also calls for setting up major information and prevention campaigns, particularly targeting young people and pregnant women.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. FDA has also been shirking its responsibility of assessing the impact on human health of RF radiation. It disagrees with the National Toxicology Program (NTP) study finding clear evidence of carcinogenicity. According to Jeffrey Shuren, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, “these findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage,” adding that “we believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

In 1999, the FDA nominated cell phone radiation emitted from wireless communication devices to the NTP for toxicity and carcinogenicity studies in experimental animals so as to “provide the basis to assess the risk to human health.”

The FDA needs to fulfill the intent of their nomination to the NTP and conduct a quantitative risk assessment so that the FCC can develop health-protective exposure standards. [More information on the FDA failure to take action to protect cell phone users may be found in the document, “Background and Facts Documenting PhoneGate and Our Call for Congressional Action”] 9

Chicago Tribune requests testing of popular cell phones for radiofrequency radiation

On 21 August 2019, the Chicago Tribune published an article, “We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating”, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Sam Roe, on the results of independent testing of 11 of the most popular cell phone models, including Apple’s iPhone 7 and 8, Korean manufacturer Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S9, J3 and Motorola’s Motoe5 Play. 10

Roe had contacted Dr. Arazi in January 2019 when he discovered information about the Phonegate scandal following the results obtained from the tests carried out by ANFR. They exchanged emails on a regular basis for months, with Dr. Arazi providing Roe with information considered to be important.

The tests by the Chicago Tribune were conducted by RF Exposure Lab, a laboratory based in San Marcos, California, which is recognized by the FCC as being accredited to test RF radiation from electronic devices.

As in the case of the ANFR tests, the tests were carried out at the FCC’s regulatory distance, between 10 and 15 mm from the skin, with the exception of Apple, which has been testing its iPhone at 5 mm since 2014, and also at a more realistic distance corresponding to our uses (kept in pockets), i.e. 2 mm.

The results were just as worrying as the ones revealed three years ago by Dr. Arazi and the Phonegate Alert Association. The iPhone 7, tested at 5 mm, far exceeds the U.S. regulatory limit (1.6W/kg for 1gr of tissue), i.e. 2.6 W/kg, 2.81 W/kg, and 2.50 W/kg. As for the three Samsung phones, SAR levels soared with a Galaxy S8 measurement more than 5 times the regulatory limit (8.22 W/kg), measurement taken at a distance of 2 mm from the skin. For the Motorola e5 Play, the SAR is just as high, exceeding the regulatory limit by four times.

« With a federal limit of 1.6 W/kg, nearly half of the phones failed the test at 5mm. At 2mm, representing a phone kept in your clothing, all but one failed… » 11

In response to the results of the test reports, the FCC announced it would take the rare step of conducting its own testing over the next few months to answer the many questions raised by the publication of these SAR measurements. Responding to the Chicago Tribune investigation, the FCC stated in December 2019 that its own testing found all eight models were in compliance. 12

The FCC’s test results are questionable, since the phones tested and the required equipment used to conduct the tests were provided by the manufacturers themselves.

The Chicago Tribune is the first major American media to take on the Phonegate affair.

2-Scientific evidence of health effects due to exposure to radiofrequency radiation

National Toxicology Program (NTP) study results

Both Dr. Arazi, as president of the Phonegate Alert Association, and Dr. Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust, were among the speakers who provided public comments in person at the NTP Peer Review in Durham, NC, in March 2018. The final peer-reviewed NTP reports on rats and mice exposed to whole-body radiofrequency radiation used by cell phones confirmed “clear evidence” of an association between cell phone radiation and heart tumors (malignant schwannomas) in male rats; some evidence of tumors (malignant gliomas) in the brains of male rats; and some evidence of tumors in the adrenal glands of male rats. The speakers recalled, by bringing undeniable proof that, contrary to what was asserted by the NTP scientist team, human beings have been and still are much more exposed to the radiofrequency radiation of their cell phones than the rodents used for this study.

Dr. Ronald L. Melnick, who served as a toxicologist for more than 28 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program, and led the design of the NTP carcinogenicity studies of cell phone RF radiation in rodents, comments on the results of this study: 13

  • “Because of widespread use of cell phones, even a small increase in cancer would have a serious public health impact.
  • “Precautionary principles should be promoted by health and regulatory agencies, especially for children and pregnant women. Cancer risks may be greater for children than adults due to increased penetration of cell phone radiation within the brains of children and because the developing nervous system is more susceptible to tissue damaging agents.
  • “We should no longer assume that any current or future wireless technology, including 5G, is safe without adequate testing.The animals in the NTP study were also examined for evidence of RF radiation‐associated genotoxicity after 19 (rats) and 14 (mice) weeks of exposure. »

The animals in the NTP study were also examined for evidence of RF radiation‐associated genotoxicity after 19 (rats) and 14 (mice) weeks of exposure. The results, suggesting that exposure to RFR is associated with an increase in DNA damage, were reported in a research article entitled, “Evaluation of the genotoxicity of cell phone radiofrequency radiation in male and female rats and mice following subchronic exposure”, first published on 21 October 2019. 14

The NTP will soon embark on a new phase of its long-running RFR project, beginning with a systematic search for mechanisms to explain how and why the tumors developed. Work is expected to begin by the end of 2019. The research plan includes studies on gene expression, oxidative stress and DNA damage and repair, as well as the possible role played by heat. Other priorities on the NTP agenda are studies on behavior and stress.

IEEE scientific journal publishes analysis of ANFR data

On 18 April 2019, a new analysis of the French government data was published online in IEEE Access, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The analysis by Professor Om Gandhi, “Microwave Emissions From Cell Phones Exceed Safety Limits in Europe and the US When Touching the Body”, examined ANFR’s data on 450 cell phone models, indicating that phones can emit 11 times over the U.S. FCC limit and 3 times over French limits in 9 out of 10 phones tested. 15

Microwave Emissions From Cell Phones Exceed Safety Limits in Europe and the US When Touching the Body by Om Gandhi – published 11 April 2019

TABLE 1 SARs in W/kg Measured for Some Representative Telephones Held Against the Flat Phantom Model of the Body at Manufacturer-Suggested Distances D and at Distances of 5 and 0 mm as for Actual Use by Consumers (Taken From ANFR Test Report)

Radiofrequency radiation among agents proposed for reassessment by IARC with high priority

An article in the scientific journal, “The Lancet”, dated 17 April 2019, published the list of agents whose carcinogenicity is proposed to be assessed or reassessed during the period 2020-2024 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO). In June 2011, IARC decided to place radiofrequency radiation in class “2B”, “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, on the basis of an increased risk of glioma, a type of malignant brain cancer associated with cell phone use.

After publication of numerous studies, including the recent NTP study in November 2018, experts considered that RF radiation should be reassessed with high priority. Some scientists are even calling for a classification in group 1: “carcinogenic”. Professor Anthony Miller, former Senior Epidemiologist for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and former Director of the Epidemiology Unit at the National Cancer Institute of Canada, explained in August 2017 at a scientific meeting on Phonegate in Jackson Hole (USA) organized by the Environmental Health Trust: “Evidence that wireless is carcinogenic has become more numerous and can no longer be ignored”. Professor Miller added that the evidence published since 2011 meets the requirements to reclassify RF radiation as a ‘Group 1: carcinogenic to humans’ agent.” 16

Brain cancers in France : fourfold increase in new cases of glioblastoma in 2018 according to Public Health France

In November 2019, Phonegate Alert announced this important news from the French Public Health Agency, “Santé publique France” which, in July 2019 (updated in September 2019), published national estimates of cancer incidence and mortality in metropolitan France between 1990 and 2018.

Between 1990 and 2018, the annual number of new cases of glioblastoma with histological confirmation (one of the most aggressive types of brain cancer) increased fourfold and more for both sexes. In the conclusion of its analysis, Santé Publique France considers that the extrinsic factors that may play a role in increasing the incidence of glioblastoma could be:

“brain radiation therapy and possibly intense and prolonged exposure to pesticides (farmers). The latest epidemiological studies and animal experiments would support the carcinogenic role of exposure to electromagnetic fields.”

Dr Annie Sasco, cancer epidemiologist, former Director of Research Unit at IARC-WHO and member of Phonegate’s Scientific Advisory Group, comments:

“The evolution of incidence and mortality rates of central nervous system tumors as a whole and especially glioblastoma over the past 30 years is of particular concern. Of course, diagnostic behaviors have evolved and play a role, especially for older people. Nevertheless, there is a real increase, even among the youngest, for whom it is likely that diagnostic modalities have changed less than among the elderly and which may therefore be linked to environmental factors and primarily to the use of mobile or wireless phones. Informing the public should make it possible not to continue on this upward trajectory, especially among young people, with an absolute duty to protect children by not allowing them to use a cellular phone and in general by protecting them from exposure to electromagnetic fields“. 17

3-Legal actions

Court orders Italian Government to adopt national information campaign on health and environmental risks associated with use of cell phones

In mid-January 2019, a decision of the Administrative Court of Rome ordered the Italian Government to adopt a national information campaign on the health and environmental risks associated with the use of cell and cordless phones. In their arguments, the Italian lawyers relied, among other things, on the data from the test results of ANFR on more than 500 mobile phones, published as part of the Phonegate affair. This case also raises serious questions about the health and environmental consequences of exposure to relay antennas, Wi-Fi, smart meters and 5G. 18

Italy launched its awareness campaign on the environmental and health impacts of mobile phone use on 19 July 2019 in answer to the court decision. 19 The campaign does not adequately inform the population that there may be risks of exposure to RF radiation, as was the intent of the Court’s decision.

The Court of Appeal of Turin confirms the link between a head tumor and cell phone use

The Court of Appeal of Turin confirmed in a full judgment published on 13 January 2020 (904/2019 of 3.12.2019, Romeo v. INAIL) the decision of the Tribunal of Ivrea of 2017. Judge Fadda considers that the worker’s acoustic neuroma (benign tumor of the head) was indeed caused by the use of the cell phone. 20, 21

The Romeo v. INAIL case is historic. It is the first in world judicial history to have had two consecutive judgments in favor of the plaintiff. It is also historic because of the principles underlying this decision, particularly the conflicts of interest of certain experts close to the mobile phone industry.

The Tribunal recognizes that telephone industry-funded scientists, or members of the ICNIRP, are less reliable than independent scientists:

“Much of the scientific literature that excludes carcinogenicity from RF exposure, or at least argues that research to the contrary cannot be considered conclusive… is in a position of conflict of interest, which is not always asserted: see, in particular, on page 94 of the report, the Applicant’s defence (not contested by the other party) that the authors of the studies indicated by INAIL, who are mentioned by name, are members of ICNIRP and/or SCENIHR, which have received, directly or indirectly, funding from industry. P. 33.”

The Turin CTU states:

“It is considered that less weight should be given to studies published by authors who have not declared the existence of conflicts of interest. In this case, conflict of interest situations may arise in relation to the assessment of the effect of radio frequencies on health, for example:

  1. cases where the author of the study advised the telephone industry or received funding for studies from the telephone industry
  2. if the author himself is a member of ICNIRP.”
Criminal complaint filed against cell phone manufacturer Xiaomi

Due to the actions of Phonegate Alert, on 15 April 2019, a criminal complaint against the Chinese company Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest cell phone manufacturer, was filed with the Public Prosecutor of Paris. By placing on the market non-compliant cell phones, Xiaomi is being accused of deception, misleading commercial practice and endangering the lives of others.

In addition, ANFR, after having requested in April and May 2018 the recall of the two mobile phone models mentioned above has been favoring a software update solution for several months for all the other phones where the SAR threshold has been exceeded.

Not only is it the consumer’s responsibility to make the update in order to reduce the SAR of his phone and not to put himself in danger, but also the capacities of his mobile phone are considerably reduced. 22

New criminal complaint filed against HMD GLOBAL OY (NOKIA)

A new complaint was filed against the Finnish manufacturer HMD GLOBAL OY which, since the end of 2016, has been marketing NOKIA mobile phones.

In April 2019, ANFR announced, by means of two press releases, that it had asked HMD GLOBAL OY, which markets the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 (TA-1032DS) smartphones, for a mandatory update following controls revealing that the SAR « trunk » regulatory values had been significantly exceeded.

Following the updates, the capacities of these two mobile phones are being considerably reduced, resulting in a degradation of both connectivity to mobile operators’ networks and the throughput level.

The new European regulation (Directive 2014/53/EU) requires since June 2016, with a transitional period of one year until June 2017, measurement of the SAR trunk at a maximum distance of 5mm. Four new smartphone models manufactured by HMD GLOBAL OY (Nokia 1, 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1) were placed on the market from June 2018, in violation of French and European regulations. In order to display low SAR levels, these four models were measured 15mm from the body (instead of 5mm). This 10mm difference will increase the real SAR value, significantly exceeding the regulatory limit for each of the phones concerned. This will have possible consequences for the health of users.

The Finnish company also did not comply with the obligation to provide information in its manuals on the SAR value and the measuring distance.

HMD GLOBAL OY (NOKIA) is therefore accused of:

  • Deception
  • Misleading commercial practice
  • Endangering the lives of others

As in the XIAOMI case, the owners and users of the smartphones concerned can assert their rights by joining the collective action launched on the platform « V pour Verdict ». 23

Nokia 6.1 added to class action against HMD GLOBAL OY

On 16 July 2019, ANFR published test results of the NOKIA 6.1 (TA-1043) smartphone marketed by HMD GLOBAL OY, which revealed that the regulatory limits for the SAR trunk had been significantly exceeded with a value of 3.58 W/kg. Furthermore, the manual of the Nokia 6.1 states that the phone was tested by the manufacturer at a distance of 15 mm, violating the European regulatory measurement limit of 5mm. The marketer of the phone, HMD GLOBAL OY has decided to update the phone (lowering the SAR trunk to 1.92 W/kg) in order to meet the European standard of 2.0 W/kg.

V pour Verdict thus also launched a class action concerning the Nokia 6.1. The BFS Open DATA database shows that the head and trunk SAR levels of all Nokia models sold on the European market are, before controls, particularly high and give rise to a general suspicion of deception on the part of HMD GLOBAL OY. Attorney Elias Bourran, lawyer at the Paris Bar, will, on behalf of the Phonegate Alert Association, file an additional complaint against the Finnish manufacturer.

Phonegate Alert recommends that all Nokia brand users be particularly vigilant, storing their mobile phones in a location that is as far away from the body as possible (avoid, for example, keeping the phone in a pants pocket) and do not hold it near the ear. 24

Class action lawsuit filed against Apple and Samsung in the United States

Following publication of the Chicago Tribune investigation revealing results of testing of popular cell phones, a first class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple and Samsung from consumers who claim that iPhones and Galaxy smartphones emit more radiation than is allowable by law. (Case no. 5:19-cv-05322) 25

Eleven plaintiffs allege that the cell phones exceed the maximum limit allowed for RF radiation exposure. “Defendants market and sell some of the most popular smartphones in the world – including Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy phones – as emitting less RF radiation than that set by law and as being completely safe to carry and use on or in close proximity to the human body,” the Apple class action lawsuit alleges.

In addition, the Apple, Samsung class action lawsuit states that scientific publications have presented evidence that RF radiation exposure has an effect on living creatures below 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,” the Samsung class action lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs allege that Apple and Samsung market their cell phones on the premise that the devices can always be close to their bodies, such as in a pocket or while holding them in their hands.

The plaintiffs say that, past models of the iPhone had a warning for users to carry their devices at least 10mm away from their body. However, later models did not have such advice to consumers.

The Samsung marketing material for their devices “implies” that carrying or wearing their cellphones close to the body is safe.

On September 10, 2019, a new class action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung was filed by Andrus Anderson LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, representing 16 plaintiffs (Case No. 3:19-cv-05707)

The plaintiffs are represented by Jennie Lee Anderson of Andrus Anderson LLP, Elizabeth A. Fegan and Timothy A. Scott of Fegan Scott LLC and J. Barton Goplerud of Schindler Anderson Goplerud & Weese PC. 26, 27

Class action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung filed in Montreal, Canada

On September 5, 2019, a group of citizens, concerned that their mobile phones have exposed them to « harmful levels » of RF radiation, filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung at the Montreal Courthouse. The plaintiffs are suing the two companies for « intentionally violating » consumer protection laws. In addition, there is non-compliance with the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/R-1/page-1.html) which « prohibits the sale, rental or import into Canada of a radiation device if the device creates a risk to any individual of genetic or personal injury, impairment of health or death…”

Attorney Charles O’Brien of Montreal is representing the plaintiffs. 28

Each and every one of us can reduce exposure to the RF waves of our cell phones

Public health and regulatory agencies must take the findings of Phonegate into consideration in launching the necessary actions to protect cell phone users’ health.

Most public health agencies do not go far enough with their recommendations on how to reduce users’ exposure. Here are some tips:

  • Use the cell phone as seldom as possible and keep calls short. When it’s not being used, switch off the phone.
  • Avoid keeping a phone on one’s body (in a pants or shirt pocket or bra). All users’ guides for cell phones advise keeping the phone at a distance from the body. This warning is also found in the phone itself.
  • Do not keep a switched-on cell phone on the nightstand or near the head: the radiation emitted interferes with brain waves and can disturb sleep. Do not sleep with the cell phone in the bed.
  • Favor using speaker mode or a hands-free kit. Attention: an earpiece reduces exposure but does not remove it.
  • Avoid calling in a car, bus, train. The waves of a cell phone, reflected off the metallic structure, are concentrated in a small space.
  • Do not passively expose neighbors and children. This advice is particularly applicable to use in enclosed spaces: cars, trains, buses, airplanes.
  • For pregnant women, do not hold or use a cell phone near the abdomen, do not use a laptop connected to Wi-Fi on the lap. In general, avoid use of cell phones to the greatest extent possible.
  • For all parents: give your child a cell phone as late as possible – not before age 14. Their brain absorbs more radiation than that of adults.
Above all, remember to keep cell phones away from the body. “Distance is your friend.”

About the Phonegate Alert Association:

The Phonegate Alert Association is an international NGO based in Nogent-sur-Marne, France. Its president is Dr. Marc Arazi.

One of the main goals of the Association is better protection of the health of users of wireless devices worldwide, especially children. The Association is also working on the revision of standards and regulations to increase this protection.

The Association has an advisory group of international scientific experts, including Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust.
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/scientific-advisory-group

The latest presentation by Dr. Arazi on Phonegate was given in Mainz, Germany, during the International Public Symposium “Biological Effects of Wireless Technology”, 4–6 October 2019. 29, 30

Website: https://www.phonegatealert.org
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PhonegateAlert/
Twitter : @Phonegate_Alert

References

1 ANFR data:
https://data.anfr.fr/anfr/visualisation?id=ad8014ec-f631-450e-a259-799188714ef9

2 French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), « Exposure to mobile telephones carried close to the body », 21 October 2019
https://www.anses.fr/en/system/files/AP2017SA0229EN.pdf

3 Joint press release French Ministry of Solidarity and Health, « Le Gouvernement agit pour limiter l’exposition aux émissions de certains téléphones mobiles et mieux informer le public », 25 October 2019
https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/actualites/presse/communiques-de-presse/article/le-gouvernement-agit-pour-limiter-l-exposition-aux-emissions-de-certains

4 Phonegate Alerte Open Letter “Protection of the health of users overexposed to mobile phone waves: the appeal from our associations to the government!” (translation), 8 November 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/open-letter-protection-of-the-health-of-users-overexposed-to-mobile-phone-waves-the-appeal-from-our-associations-to-the-government

5 For the lists of the 250 cell phone models, see: Phonegate Alert Association, “Check if your mobile phone presents a risk to your health”, 5 August 2018.
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/check-if-your-mobile-phone-presents-a-risk-to-your-health

6 Letter from Dr. Marc Arazi and Dr. Devra Davis addressed to FCC, 20 March 2018.
https://www.phonegatealert.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FCC-letter-20-march-2018.pdf

7 FCC Press Release, “Chairman Pai proposes to maintain current radiofrequency exposure safety standards », 8 August 2019
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358968A1.pdf

8 Phonegate Alert Press Release, “Phonegate Scandal: Environmental Health Trust and Phonegate Alert Call for Congressional Hearings on Illegal Phone Radiation”, 12 January 2020
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/phonegate-scandal-environmental-health-trust-phonegate-alert-call-for-congressional-hearings

9 Environmental Health Trust and Phonegate Alert, “Background and Facts Documenting PhoneGate and Our Call for Congressional Action”, December 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Background-and-Facts-on-PhoneGate-with-links.pdf

10 Chicago Tribune, “We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.” 21 August 2019
https://www-chicagotribune-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-cell-phone-radiation-testing-20190821-72qgu4nzlfda5kyuhteiieh4da-story.html?outputType=amp

11 The Truth about Cancer, “The Cell Phone Radiation Scandal: Top Brands are Lying About Safety”, 23 August 2019
https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/cell-phone-radiation-scandal/

12 Chicago Tribune, “FCC says tests find cellphones comply with federal limits on radiofrequency radiation”, 20 December 2019
https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-cell-phone-radiation-fcc-tests-20191220-mmaufbgbqjf35nbatqebcpuwoy-story.html

13 “The NTP Cell Phone Study Explained – with Dr. Ron Melnick”, video of presentation made at expert forum, Shrewsbury, MA, March 25, 2019, « Questioning the Safety of Our Children’s Exposure to Wireless Radiation in the Classroom. »

“The NTP Cell Phone Study Explained – with Dr. Ron Melnick”

14 Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, « Evaluation of the genotoxicity of cell phone radiofrequency radiation in male and female rats and mice following subchronic exposure”, 21 October 2019
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/em.22343

15 Om P. Gandhi, “Microwave Emissions From Cell Phones Exceed Safety Limits in Europe and the US When Touching the Body”, IEEE Access, vol. 7, April 2019.
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=8688629

16 Phonegate Alert Association, “[Press release] Radio frequency waves are among the agents proposed for IARC to reassess with high priority”, 23 April 2019.
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/press-release-radio-frequency-waves-are-among-the-agents-proposed-for-iarc-to-reassess-with-high-priority

17 Phonegate Alert Association, « [Press release] Brain cancers : 4 times more new cases of glioblastoma in 2018 according to Public Health France”, 18 November 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/press-release-brain-cancers-4-times-more-new-cases-of-glioblastoma-in-2018-according-to-public-health-france

18 Phonegate Alert Association, « Italy: a landmark judgment requires the state to inform the population of the health risks due to mobile phones”, 18 Jan. 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/italy-a-landmark-judgment-condemns-the-state-to-inform-the-population-of-the-health-risks-due-to-mobile-phones

19 “Uso corretto dei cellular” (Proper use of mobile phones), Italian Government, 19 July 2019
http://www.cellulari.salute.gov.it/portale/cellulari/homeCellulari.jsp

20 Phonegate Alert Associaiton, « The Court of Appeal of Turin confirms the link between a head tumour and mobile phone use”, 15 January 2020
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/the-court-of-appeal-of-turin-confirms-the-link-between-a-head-tumour-and-mobile-phone-use

21 Il Fatto Quotidiano, “Cellulare e tumori, Corte di appello di Torino conferma: “Nesso tra uso e cancro all’orecchio. Spesso studiosi sono in conflitto d’interesse”, 14 January 2020
https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2020/01/14/cellulare-e-tumori-corte-di-appello-di-torino-conferma-nesso-tra-uso-e-cancro-allorecchio-spesso-studiosi-sono-in-conflitto-dinteresse/5670261/

22 Phonegate Alert Association, “Phonegate: criminal complaint against Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi”, 15 April 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/phonegate-criminal-complaint-against-chinese-smartphone-manufacturer-xiaomi

23 Phonegate Alert Association, « [Press release] Phonegate scandal: a criminal complaint against HMD GLOBAL OY (NOKIA) », 12 June 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/press-release-phonegate-scandal-a-criminal-complaint-against-hmd-global-oy-nokia

24 Phonegate Alert Association, « [Press release] Nokia smartphone SAR: general deception suspected », 18 July 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/press-release-nokia-smartphone-sar-general-deception-suspected

25 “Apple, Samsung Class Action Says Phones Emit Radiation”, Top Class Actions, 27 August 2019
https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/consumer-products/electronics/916517-apple-samsung-class-action-says-phones-emit-radiation/

26 « RF Exposure Class Action » – (Case no. 5:19-cv-05322)
https://www.scribd.com/document/422976960/RF-Exposure-Class-Action

27 « RF Exposure Class Action » – (Case No. 3:19-cv-05707)
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cand.348059/gov.uscourts.cand.348059.3.0_1.pdf

28  » Une action collective contre les cellulaires «nocifs pour la santé» d’Apple et Samsung », journalmetro.com, 5 September 2019
https://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/2372351/une-action-collective-contre-les-cellulaires-nocifs-pour-la-sante-dapple-et-samsung/

29 Phonegate Alert Association, “Dr Arazi’s presentation at the International Scientific Conference in Mainz, Germany”, 7 October 2019
https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/dr-arazis-presentation-at-the-international-scientific-conference-in-mainz-germany

30 Kompetenzinitiative, 14 video presentations to the Symposium on « Biological Effects of Wireless Technology”, Mainz, Germany, 4-6 October 2019
https://kompetenzinitiative.com/en/mainz-2019/

by Meris Michaels, Editor, « Towards Better Health” and member of the Phonegate Alert Association

Source = Time To Wake Up To Global Public Health – Revised 16 Jan 2020

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The Court of Appeal of Turin Confirms the Link Between a Head Tumour and Mobile Phone Use

The Court of Appeal of Turin confirms the link between a head tumour and mobile phone use

Equipe Phonegate 15 Jan 2020

The Court of Appeal of Turin confirms in a full judgment published on 13 January 2020 (904/2019 of 3.12.2019 , Romeo v. INAIL) the decision of the Tribunal of Ivrea of 2017. Judge Fadda considers that the worker’s acoustic neuroma (benign tumour of the head) was indeed caused by the use of the mobile phone.

Direct link to judgment.

According to the Court:

“there is protective scientific jurisprudence that supports the assertion of causation based on criteria of “more likely than not”. P.33.”

And to add:

“Epidemiological data, the results of experiments on animals (not contradicted, at present, by other experiments of the same type), the duration and intensity of exposure … which are particularly important in view of the dose-response relationship established – at the scientific level – between exposure to mobile phone radiofrequencies and the risk of acoustic neuroma, as well as the absence of any other factor which could have caused the disease”.

The scientific analysis by independent experts appointed by the Court confirms the causal link

All the scientific elements of the case were re-examined and re-analysed by two new experts appointed by the Court of Turin (Carolina Marino, Angelo D’Errico). The Court of Appeal fully accepted their conclusions and rejected INAIL’s* appeal, stating that CTU had provided:

“strong evidence to assert a causal role between the complainant’s occupational exposure, his exposure to radiation from mobile phones and the disease that occurred”.

This is the second Italian appeal judgment in favour of a worker after the Brescia judgment in 2010, which concluded with the confirmation of the Supreme Court in 2012, case of Marcolini v. INAIL. In this case, the Court of Bergamo had rejected the application in first instance.

A landmark judgment that will have international repercussions

The Romeo v. INAIL case is therefore historic. It is the first in world judicial history to have had two consecutive judgments in favour of the plaintiff. It is also historic because of the principles underlying this decision and particularly because it is written about the conflicts of interest of certain experts close to the mobile phone industry.

Conflicts of interest and the role of the ICNIRP pinpointed by the Tribunal

Indeed, the Tribunal recognizes that telephone industry-funded scientists, or members of the ICNIRP, are less reliable than independent scientists:

“Much of the scientific literature that excludes carcinogenicity from RF exposure, or at least argues that research to the contrary cannot be considered conclusive… is in a position of conflict of interest, which is not always asserted: see, in particular, on page 94 of the report, the Applicant’s defence (not contested by the other party) that the authors of the studies indicated by INAIL, who are mentioned by name, are members of ICNIRP and/or SCENIHR, which have received, directly or indirectly, funding from industry. P. 33.”

The Turin CTU states:

“It is considered that less weight should be given to studies published by authors who have not declared the existence of conflicts of interest. In this case, conflict of interest situations may arise in relation to the assessment of the effect of radio frequencies on health, for example :

  1. cases where the author of the study advised the telephone industry or received funding for studies from the telephone industry
  2. if the author himself is a member of the ICNIRP.”

For Dr. Marc Arazi, President of Phonegate Alert:

“Attorney Stefano Bertone’s determined fight to defend the victims of overexposure to our mobile phone waves and the consequences for their health is exemplary. He was one of the first lawyers to take the measure of the revelations linked to the Phonegate scandal. A year ago, together with his law firm and the Italian association APPEL, he and his firm condemned the Italian government to launch major information campaigns on the risks associated with the use of mobile phones. This new decision is all the more important and confirm the need for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G”.

*Istituto Nazionale per l’Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro


To learn more on the same subject:

Source = The court of appeal of Turin confirms the link between a head tumour and mobile phone use

French versions can be viewed at

PhoneGateAlert.org and mieuxprevenir2.blogspot.com

Schweizer Mobilfunknetze völlig ausser Kontrolle

Nach der 15.Klage innerhalb von 13 Jahren, dass so etwas wie ein wirksames Sicherheitssystem zur Überwachung der bewilligten Sendeparameter von Mobilfunkantennen nicht existiere, wurden die Bundesrichter jetzt endlich misstrauisch und verlangten vom Bundesamt für Umwelt eine landesweite Überprüfung von 18’500 Antennenstandorten mit ihren 166’500 Einzelantennen. Phuuuu!

Von Hans-U. Jakob (Präsident von Gigaherz.ch)
Schwarzenburg, 2.November 2019

Nach einigen Drohungen, die Sache vor den europäischen Menschenrechtsgerichtshof weiterzuziehen, trat das Bundesgericht diesmal in ungewöhnlicher 5er, stat in der üblichen 3er Besetzung auf und verlangt nun vom Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU) die Überprüfung von etwas, was es gar nicht gibt. Nämlich die Überprüfung des Datenflusses von den Steuerzentralen der Mobilfunkbetreiber in die kantonalen Umweltämter. Wir dürfen gespannt sein, mit welchen Phantastereien das BAFU uns diesmal aufwartet. Urteil Nr: 1C_97/2018 vom 3.September 2019 ab Seite 11

Die letzte bundesamtliche Überprüfung fand nämlich 2011 weder in den Steuerzentralen der Mobilfunkbetreiber noch auf den kantonalen Umweltämtern statt, sondern in den Geschäftssitzen von Swisscom, Sunrise und Orange, in Zürich, Bern (Zollikofen) und Lausanne. In einem Sitzungszimmer durften die kantonalen Überwacher wünschen, von welchem der damals noch 16’000Antennenstandorte sie die aktuellen Sendeparameter, wie Sendeleistung, Senderichtung, Frequenz usw. einsehen möchten. Daraufhin wurden ihnen die gewünschten Daten nach einer gewissen Wartezeit über das hausinterne Kommunikationsnetz über einen Beamer auf eine Leinwand eingespielt. Ob die Daten nun wirklich aus der gewünschten Basisstation oder der Steuerzentrale stammten, oder vielleicht in einem Stockwerk unter ihnen ins hauseigene Kommunikationsnetz eingetippt wurden, konnte von den anwesenden kantonalen und eidgenössischen Überwachern nicht festgestellt werden.

Bitte lesen sie dazu auch: Das-qs-system-ein-luegengebilde-bricht-zusammen

Jetzt wollen die 5 Bundesrichter also einen Datenfluss überprüfen lassen, den es so gar nicht gibt. Sie stellen nämlich in Ihrem Urteil gleich selber fest, dass da der Wurm drin ist. Dass die angeblich in den Steuerzentralen softwareseitig eingebaute Prüfroutine, welche alle 24 Stunden einmal die bewilligten Parameter mit den tatsächlich gefahrenen Parametern vergleiche und im Falle einer Unstimmigkeit weder Alarm auslöse, noch das betreffende Umweltamt benachrichtige, sondern schlicht und einfach ein nur für den Betreiber bestimmtes automatisiertes Protokoll schreibe. Diese protokollierten Meldungen würden dann zusammengefasst in ein Formular übertragen, welches alle 2 Monate an die betroffenen Kantone geschickt würde.

Bild oben: Das QS-Meldeformular

Kommentar Gigaherz: Was in diesem, an die Kantone verschickten Formular dann steht, liegt völlig in der Eigenverantwortung des Betreibers und hat aus unserer Sicht etwa den selben Wert, wie wenn ein Autofahrer alle 2 Monate einmal eine Postkarte an das Strassenverkehrsamt senden müsste, mit den Angaben wann und wo und wie lange er während den letzten 2 Monaten besoffen herumgekurvt sei. Stellen Sie sich vor, welchen Aufwand sich da die Strassenpolizei sparen könnte! Übertrieben, finden Sie? Dann vergleichen Sie das doch mal mit der Eigenverantwortung des VW-Konzerns im Diesel-Abgasskandal. Hätten Sie von den seriösen VW-Werken jemals so etwas vermutet? Und dann fragen Sie noch, wieso die Prüfroutine nur alle 24 Stunden einmal aktiv sein soll, statt dauernd? Ganz einfach: Um 01.59 Anlage auf bewilligte Parameter zurückfahren, um 02.00 Protokoll schreiben und um 02.01 Anlage wieder auf gewünschte Parameter hochfahren. So einfach macht man das, sagt der erfahrene Softwarentwickler.

Diesem sogenannten Qualitätssicherungssystem kommt zur Zeit der Einführung des Mobilfunkstandarts 5G eine ungeheuer hohe Bedeutung zu. Denn mit den in den Baugesuchen deklarierten Sendeleistungen von lediglich 50 bis 250Watt ERP pro 120°-Kreissektor lässt sich kein effizientes Mobilfunknetz betreiben. Und mit den 5G-Frequenzen von 3400-3600Megahertz schon gar nicht. Denn diese weisen physikalisch bedingt, mit der halben Wellenlänge von 3G auch nur die halbe Reichweite auf. Und um zu wissen, dass 100mal mehr Daten in 100mal höherer Geschwindigkeit nicht mit 100mal weniger Leistung übertragen werden können, dazu werden wahrlich keine speziellen Kenntnisse in Funktechnik benötigt. Gesunder Menschenverstand reicht da völlig aus. Dass hier gelogen und betrogen wird, dass die Balken krachen, geht zudem eindeutig aus den Möglichkeiten der vorgesehenen Antennentypen hervor. Diese weisen laut der Antennenhersteller ERICSSON und NOKIA Sendeleistungen von 25’000Watt ERP resp. 32’000Watt ERP auf und werden niemals lediglich zu nur 1% dieser möglichen Leistung ausgenutzt.

Bild oben: Grafik von ERICSSON, deutsche Texte von Gigaherz

Das wir von Gigaherz mit unseren Anschuldigungen da völlig richtig liegen, zeigt uns auch ein kürzlich aus Marseille (F) zugespieltes Standortdatenblatt. Dort deklariert Orange am Boulevard de Dunkerque eine Mobilfunkantenne vom selben NOKIA-Typ wie dieser in der Schweiz verbaut wird, offen und ehrlich eine Sendeleistung von 31’600Watt ERP pro 120° Kreissektor.

Um Sendeleistungen für ihre 5G-Anlagen von nur gerade 50 bis 250Watt ERP nachweisen zu können sind Swisscom, Sunrise uns SALT schon auf ein dermassen liederliches, zu Betrügereien geradezu animierendes Sicherheitssystem angewiesen. Denn mit Ehrlichkeit ist ein 5G-System, welches bis zu Distanzen von 220m massive Grenzwertüberschreitungen generiert nicht einzuführen.

Trotz der Anweisung des Bundesgerichts an das BAFU, die Datenflüsse zu überprüfen, namentlich ob die an den 156’500 Einzelantenne im Land draussen messbaren Parameter wirklich mit denjenigen in der Datenbank des Bundesamtes für Kommunikation (BAKOM) das heisst, mit den dort von den Mobilfunkern in Eigenverantwortung von Hand hinterlegten Daten übereinstimmen würden, hat das Bundesgericht die Klage betreffend dem phantastischen QS-System zum 14mal abgewiesen und den Klägern die Kosten in der Höhe von Fr. 7000.- aufgebrummt. Wohl in der falschen Hoffnung, dass es jetzt endlich Ruhe gäbe da unten!

Während reichlich realitätsfremde Bundesrichter dem BAFU die Überprüfung eines nicht vorhandenen Sicherheitssystem verordnen, rüsten im Land draussen die Schweizer Mobilfunkbetreiber in rasendem Tempo ihre bestehenden Antennenstandorte mit zusätzlicher 5G-Technologie auf. In den meisten Fällen ohne die dazu erforderliche Baubewilligung einzuholen. In unzähligen Nacht- und Nebelaktionen werden von polnischen Akkordgruppen die zusätzlichen leistungsstarken 5G Antennenkörper mit Sendeleistungen von 25’000 resp. 32’000Watt ERP den bestehenden von durchschnittlich 3000Watt ERP beigefügt. Das falle unter «Bagatelländerung» lassen die kantonalen Umweltämter wissen, welche für den Vollzug der NIS-Verordnung zuständig sind und erfordere keine offizielle Baubewilligung. Wer diesen das mit der «Bagatelländerung» nicht abkaufen will, kann dort die modifizierten Standortdatenblätter verlangen, auf welchen dann statt der 25’000 resp. 32’000Watt ERP etwas zwischen 50 und 250Watt ERP steht.

Bild oben: Zusatzblatt 2 aus einem Standortdatenblatt der Swisscom

Wie ist es möglich, dass speziell für ihren Job funktechnisch ausgebildete Personen so etwas einfach durchgehen lassen?

Ganz einfach: Sie wurden von ihren politischen Vorgesetzten, den kantonalen Regierungsräten, dazu angehalten. Das heisst, von Politikern, die weder über funktechnisches, noch biologisches, noch medizinisches Fachwisse verfügen. Dieser Klerus hat sich nun in der sogenannten BPUK, der Bau-, Planungs- und Umweltdirektorenkonferenz zusammengeschlossen und versucht von da aus die Verordnung des Bundes über nichtionisierende Strahlung (NISV) zu Gunsten der Wirtschaft abzuändern. Die BPUK ist jedoch keine Behörde, sondern ein Verein nach Art.60ff ZGB und besitzt weder gesetzgeberische noch verordnungsgeberische Kompetenzen.

Um 250Watt ERP statt 25’000Watt ERP senden zu können, was massive Überschreitungen der Strahlungsgrenzwerte (Anlagegrenzwerte) bis auf Distanzen von 220m zur Folge hat, sind die Betreiber schon auf ein Sicherheitssystem angewiesen, das niemals funktioniert. Nun warten wir gespannt, mit welchen Phantastereien das Bundesamt für Umwelt bei diesser vom Bundesgericht verordneten erneuten Überprüfung der 18’500 Antennenstandorten mit ihren 166’500 Einzelantennen aufwartet. Und ob unsere Justitz- und Umweltministerinnen weiterhin rat- und tatlos dabei zusehen.

Alles Weitere über 5G erfahren Sie hier: Gigaherz.ch – 5G

Source = Schweizer Mobilfunknetze völlig ausser Kontrolle

Schweizer Bevölkerung führt ein faktisches 5G-Moratorium herbei

von Schutz-vor-Strahlung.ch – Medienmitteilung Zurich 12 Sep 2019

Die Diskussion um die neue Mobilfunktechnologie 5G hat eine neue Dimension erreicht. Dies kommt nicht von ungefähr: Die drei Mobilfunkbetreiber Swisscom, Sunrise und Salt haben in den vergangenen drei Monaten über dreihundert Baugesuche für 5G-Antennen eingereicht. Der Widerstand gegen 5G wächst indessen in allen Regionen des Landes stark an, und damit auch die Einsprachen gegen 5G-Baugesuche. Der Verein «Schutz vor Strahlung» hat nun eine Baurechtsabteilung geschaffen, um die Bevölkerung bei Einsprachen zu unterstützen.

Seit Juni 2019 wurden gegen etwa 98% aller Baugesuche für 5G-Antennen Einsprache erhoben. Wir haben Meldungen von diversen Einsprechergruppen, dass sie gegen 320 Baugesuche für 5G-Antennen Einsprache erhoben haben. Diese lokal tätigen Gruppen bilden sich aus durchschnittlich 65 Einsprechern. Somit haben seit Juni über 20‘000 Personen Einsprache gegen 5G-Antennen erhoben. Die Bevölkerung wird in allen Landesteilen mit 5G konfrontiert. Nun hat sie über das Mittel von Einsprachen ein faktisches 5G-Moratorium herbeigeführt. Dies zeigt eine klare Ablehnung der schweizer Bevölkerung gegen 5G.

Keine schützenden Leitplanken

Adaptive 5G-Antennen können bis heute nicht vollständig kontrolliert werden. Die Ämter und Abteilungen für Umwelt der einzelnen Kantone haben die Aufgabe, die Strahlung von Antennen zu prognostizieren, sie vor Ort zu kontrollieren und das Qualitätssicherungssystem regelmässig nachzuprüfen. Bei adaptiven 5G-Antennen ist eine Einschätzung der Strahlung aber nicht möglich, weil diese innert Sekundenbruchteilen ihre Richtung ändern. Eine behördliche Kontrolle vor Ort aktuell auch nicht möglich, weil man 5G-Antennen mit den heutigen Messgeräten gar nicht messen kann. Im heutigen Qualitätssicherungssystem werden die neuartigen Antennen nicht erfasst und entziehen sich somit jeglicher Kontrolle.

Um mehr Daten schneller zu übertragen, fokussieren 5G-Antennen die Sendeenergie auf eine kleine Fläche. Folglich nimmt die Strahlung zwischen der Antenne und der bestrahlten Fläche stark zu. Befindet man sich in einem Antennenstrahl, können leichte bis schwere Gesundheitsschäden entstehen. Kinder sind hierbei besonders gefährdet, da die noch dünne Schädeldecke die Strahlung tiefer eindringen lässt als bei Erwachsenen. Verantwortliche der kantonalen Umweltämter sprechen auch von gefährlichen Situationen für Menschen mit Herzschrittmachern. Ebenso kann es bei Tankstellen oder Wasserstofftanks zu Funkenbildung und damit zu Bränden kommen. Vor all diesen Folgen schützen uns die aktuellen Grenzwerte, wohingegen 5G-Antennen sie regelmässig überschreiten werden.

Bis heute mussten Betreiber von Mobilfunkanlagen in ihren Baugesuchen jeweils die maximale Sendeleistung der geplanten Antenne angeben. Daraus lies sich berechnen, ob die geltenden Grenzwerte eingehalten werden oder nicht. Für adaptive 5G-Antennen müssen seit dem 1. Juni 2019 plötzlich keine Maximalwerte mehr angegeben werden. Die Gesuchsteller können einen anderen Wert angeben, z.B. den Durchschnittswert. So werden die gesetzlichen Grenzwerte auf dem Papier zwar eingehalten, aber niemals in der Praxis. Zum Vergleich: Auf der Autobahn dürfen neu durchschnittlich 120 km/h gefahren werden.

Zeit für Abklärungen ist vorhanden

Plastiksäcke werden mit grossen Warnhinweisen bedruckt, Medikamente werden jahrelang geprüft, und die Haltung von Kühen ist bis ins kleinste Detail geregelt. Bei adaptiven 5G-Antennen gelten offensichtlich andere Regeln. Es gibt bis heute keine Studien zu den Frequenzen um 3’600 MHz und auch nicht zu den extremen Strahlungsschwankungen von keulenschwingenden 5G-Antennen. Bis ein Produkt mit solch enormen Risiken eingeführt werden kann, braucht es deutlich mehr Zeit und Forschungsarbeit. Es entspricht unseren Schweizer Gepflogenheiten, dass die Bevölkerung bei so grossen Veränderungen vorab sorgfältig informiert wird und auch mitbestimmen kann.

Source = Schweizer Bevölkerung führt ein faktisches 5G-Moratorium herbei

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Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate

Please read the updated version 16 Jan 2020

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Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate
by Meris Michaels, Revised 16 January 2020

For over 20 years, cell phone users have been knowingly misled about their true levels of exposure to radiofrequency radiation RFR) under real conditions of use in contact with the body. Consumers have been doubly misled by not having been informed by the public authorities to keep the phone away from the body……………. continue reading

Please read the updated version 16 Jan 2020

Fifth Court in Italy Ruled Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors and Determined It Is An Occupational Disease

Written by: Martine Vriens, Director of International Legal Affairs for We Are The Evidence, 29 May 2019

On 30 January, 2019, an Italian Court in the city of Monza, Italy ruled that the Acoustic Neuroma brain tumor of an airport employee was caused by exposure to the radiation from a cell phone he used for over 10 years for his work. The court determined that the tumor has permanently incapacitated him, and ruled it to be an occupational disease. PRESS HERE for the Court’s Decision

This is the fourth case in which the courts in Italy determined that an Acoustic Neuroma type brain tumor was caused by a cell phone, and the fifth court to make such ruling as in the first case the court decision was appealed and later confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court. A Summary of the four cases is in the bottom of this article.

The importance of the decision is not only that it’s another Italian Court decision that establishes the link between brain tumors and exposure to Radio-Frequency/Microwave Radiation that is emitted from cell phones, but also by recognizing that if the exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) was necessary for the purposes of work, the Acoustic Neuroma tumor may be considered an Occupational Disease.

Acoustic Neuroma, also known as Vestibular Schwannoma is a tumor which develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. This nerve influences balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and unsteadiness. Occasionally, it can interfere with brain functioning. It is a schwannoma type of tumor which means it develops on the Schwann cells covering the nerve.

It is important to mention that in the National Toxicology Program study of the US Federal government, the tumors that were found to be caused by exposure to cell phones’ radiation are schwannoma type tumors.tumor

The Case

From 1994 to 2010, an airport employee was exposed at his work to high levels of Radio-Frequency and Microwave radiation from a variety of antennas and high-frequency equipment: altitude signal repeaters, weather radars, satellite antennas, and airplane equipment.

In addition, for the purpose of the coordination of tasks which were part of his job in the office, he had to use a lot of Electromagnetic frequencies and radiation emitting devices such as mobile phones, two PCs that were always on, and signal repeaters (GSM and DECT).

Several times the employee and his colleagues reported to the employer that the levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and radiation were high and requested that the EMFs and radiation be measured, but they were ignored.

The employee used a Siemens DECT phone, a Nokia and later a Samsung cell phone for more than four hours a day, with phone sessions of up to 45 minutes consecutively and on the left side of his head. In 2010, he was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma.

In 2011, the employee was declared to be permanently unfit for work and his disability was determined to be 68%. In 2014, he applied to INAIL (the Italian Center for Occupational Diseases) asking that his tumor be recognized as an Occupational Disease. The employee claimed that there is a casual link between his exposure to radiation in his work and the acoustic neuroma tumor he suffered, and hence his disease should be recognized as an occupational disease.

The CTU, a collaboration of experts and technical advisers assigned to evaluate the case, conducted research into the disease and its risk factors. In reducing the criteria for the causal link assessment, the CTU stated that the worker had been exposed to high-frequency EMR for a considerable number of hours per day for over 10 years.

The CTU concluded that the development of the left auditory nerve neuroma is related to his work. They based their determination on the duration of exposure, the type of devices he used, the type of pathology, and the review of the literature. They determined that the evidence is sufficient for a causal link, even in the absence of clear conclusive scientific evidence.

The CTU also refereed to a similar decision by the Court of Brescia, in which several studies between 2005 and 2009 were quoted. In three of the studies that were quoted, the risk of Neuroma had increased considerably, while according to another study the risk was considered to be low but present.

The CTU concluded that the tumor caused a reduction in the employee’s psycho and physical integrity.

Summary of Previous Italian Court Decisions

First Decision: Brescia Court. December 10, 2009, affirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court on October 12, 2012

The Supreme Court of Italy has affirmed a ruling that granted worker’s compensation to a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. Marcolini, a financial manager at an industrial plant in Brescia in northern Italy, used cell and cordless phones for five-to-six hours a day for 12 years. He was diagnosed as having a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve, which controls facial muscles and sensations. The court ignored industry funded studies and declared them to be biased and preferred Prof. Lennart Hardel’s expert opinion.

Second Decision: Ivrea Court. March 30, 2017

The Court of Ivrea recognized a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumor. Roberto Romeo, 57, used his mobile for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years. He was diagnosed in 2010. His Acoustic Nerve had to be removed.” A medical expert estimated the damage to Romeo at 23 per cent of his bodily function, prompting the judge to make a compensation award of 500 euros per month to be paid by INAIL, a national insurance program covering workplace accidents. Newsweek mistakenly reported this case as the first decision while it was already the second.

Third Decision: Florence Court: April 2017

The court ordered Inail (National Institute for Accident Insurance at Work) to compensate a salesperson who developed Acoustic Neuroma. A worker used the phone for 2-3 hours a day for 10 years. The experts opinion was that there is a high probability of connection between cell phone use and malignant tumors. The Court of Florence recognized the connection between the use of the cell phone and the onset of an acute nerve disease.

Links:

  • PRESS HERE for the Italian Court’s Decision
  • PRESS HERE for the article in Italy that reported the decision.
  • PRESS HERE to read more about Acoustic Neuroma and the connection to exposure to wireless radiation on Dr. Joel Moskowitz’s website – SaferEMR.com

Source – wearetheevidence.org – Fifth court in Italy ruled cell phones cause cancer and determined it is an occupational disease


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Swiss Re Emerging Risk Report: 5G Mobile Networks Rated As « High Impact » Risk for Insurance Industry

5G mobile networks rated as « high impact » risk for insurance industry in new Emerging Risk report from Swiss Re. Swiss Re rated 5G as a « high impact » risk affecting property and casualty claims in more than 3 years.

From: Swiss Re. SONAR – New emerging risk insights. Zurich, Switzerland: Sustainability, Emerging and Political Risk Management, Swiss Re Institute, Strategy Development & Performance Management. SONAR May 2019

Off the leash – 5G mobile networks (p. 29)

« 5G – short for fifth generation – is the latest standard for cellular mobile communications. Providing ultrafast broadband connection with higher capacity and lower latency, 5G is not only heaven for your smartphone. It will enable wireless connectivity in real time for any device of the Internet of things (IoT), whether that be autonomous cars or sensor-steered factory. In doing so, it will allow decentralised seamless interconnectivity between devices.

To allow for a functional network coverage and increased capacity overall, more antennas will be needed, including acceptance of higher levels of electromagnetic radiation. In some jurisdictions, the rise of threshold values will require legal adaptation. Existing concerns regarding potential negative health effects from electromagnetic fields (EMF) are only likely to increase. An uptick in liability claims could be a potential long-term consequence.

Other concerns are focused on cyber exposures, which increase with the wider scope of 5G wireless attack surfaces. Traditionally IoT devices have poor security features. Moreover, hackers can also exploit 5G speed and volume, meaning that more data can be stolen much quicker. A large-scale breakthrough of autonomous cars and other IoT applications will mean that security features need to be enhanced at the same pace. Without, interruption and subversion of the 5G platform could trigger catastrophic, cumulative damage. With a change to more automation facilitated by new technology like 5G, we might see a further shift from motor to more general and product liability insurance. There are also worries about privacy issues (leading to increased litigation risks), security breaches and espionage. The focus is not only on hacking by third parties, but also potential breaches from built-in hard- or software “backdoors.” In addition, the market for 5G infrastructure is currently focussed on a couple of firms, and that raises the spectre of concentration risk.

Potential impacts:

  • Cyber exposures are significantly increased with 5G, as attacks become faster and higher in volume. This increases the challenge of defence.
  • Growing concerns of the health implications of 5G may lead to political friction and delay of implementation, and to liability claims. The introductions of 3G and 4G faced similar challenges.
  • Information security and national sovereignty concerns might delay implementation of 5G further, increasing uncertainty for planning authorities, investors, tech companies and insurers.
  • Heated international dispute over 5G contractors and potential for espionage or sabotage could affect international cooperation, and impact financial markets negatively.
  • As the biological effects of EMF in general and 5G in particular are still being debated, potential claims for health impairments may come with a long latency.

Source – SwissReMieuxprevenir

Additional resources – 5G Wireless Technology: Is 5G Harmful to Our Health?