Tech titans Samsung and Apple have been sued in the US over dangerous radio frequency (RF) exposure their smartphones could also be emitting.
The class-action lawsuit, registered in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims RF radiation released from the smartphones “exceed legal limits placed forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),” according to report that came on Saturday.
The devices mentioned in the lawsuit are Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8.
A different investigation by Chicago Tribune further discovered that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 scaled over the legal safety limit and over double against what Apple had mentioned to federal regulators from its testing”.
There’s confusion concerning the meaning of the utmost reported Specific Absorption Rate values for mobile phones (and other wireless gadgets).
SAR is a scale of the rate of RF energy consumption by the body from the source being scaled- in this case, a mobile phone, mentioned FCC tips.
The FCC set the safety limit at 1.6 watts per kilogram, averaged above 1 gram of tissue.
Plaintiffs argued that Apple “covered up any risks by distorting the safety of the smartphones.”
Earlier, Apple had stated RF exposure information, together with Specific Absorption Rate (SAR); however, “the corporate stopped providing such data with the release of the iPhone 7”, they argued.
According to Apple, “all iPhone versions, along with iPhone 7, are certified by the FCC and in each nation where iPhone is sold”.