Raise awareness of environmental health issues in order to better protect our children and future generations.

09 December 2019

“Ericsson’s corrupt conduct involved high-level executives and spanned 17 years and at least five countries, all in a misguided effort to increase profits,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Such wrongdoing called for a strong response from law enforcement, and through a tenacious effort with our partners in the Southern District of New York, the SEC, and the IRS, today’s action not only holds Ericsson accountable for these schemes, but should deter other companies from engaging in similar criminal conduct.”

Ericsson Agrees to Pay Over $1 Billion to Resolve FCPA Case
Ericsson Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to FCPA Violations

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Press Release, 6 December 2019

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson or the Company), a multinational telecommunications company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, has agreed to pay total penalties of more than $1 billion to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of the Company’s scheme to make and improperly record tens of millions of dollars in improper payments around the world. This includes a criminal penalty of over $520 million and approximately $540 million to be paid to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a related matter. An Ericsson subsidiary pleaded guilty today for its role in the scheme.

08 December 2019

United States: FeganScott Law Firm Confirms PhoneGate: New FCC-Accredited Lab Results Show Apple and Samsung Smartphone RF Radiation Levels Exceed Federal Limit

FeganScott Law Firm Confirms PhoneGate: New FCC-Accredited Lab Results Show Apple and Samsung Smartphone RF Radiation Levels Exceed Federal Limit
Equipe Phonegate 8 Dec 2019

We are relaying the press release just published by the law firm Fegan Scott. We observe with great interest that they now use the term “PhoneGate” in the title of their release.


National consumer-rights law firm FeganScott consolidated its two proposed class action suits against Apple (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) after independent testing from a Federal Communications Commission-accredited laboratory confirmed that radio-frequency (RF) radiation levels from popular Apple and Samsung smartphones far exceeded federal limits when the devices are used as marketed by the manufacturers.

Beth Fegan, managing partner of FeganScott and the attorney representing the consolidated suit, which was filed after the firm hired the industry-recognized lab, says that smartphone manufacturers must take responsibility for misleading consumers about the levels of RF radiation emitted by their smartphones when used against or in close proximity to the user’s skin.

07 December 2019

United States: 5G Coming to Your Neighborhood?

5G Coming to Your Neighborhood?
by Sharon Buccinonrdc.org (Natural Resources Defense Council), 6 December 2019

Here's What You Need to Know

The next generation of wireless technology—5G—is dramatically different from previous versions. The 5G technology will enable more data to be carried more quickly, but in many places relies on low waves of the electromagnetic spectrum. As a result, its signal does not travel as far requiring the construction of thousands of new cells to repeat the wireless signals to make 5G work. As companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint construct these new small cell wireless facilities in communities across the country, citizens are organizing to ensure this infrastructure is built in a way that protects their health and quality of life. As communities face a flood of applications for this new wireless infrastructure, many want to know what laws and regulations govern 5G. Here’s some information that may help. 
Q: Who is responsible for setting health standards for new cell towers and other wireless infrastructure?

06 December 2019

United States: FCC Says 5G Doesn’t Pose New Cellphone-Radiation Threats

WSJ article on FCC's decision not to change current exposure limits. At end of article, you will find extracts from "TR Daily: FCC Maintains Existing RF Exposure Limits" by Paul Kirby, reprinted with the permission of the TR Daily.

FCC Says 5G Doesn’t Pose New Cellphone-Radiation Threats
Agency maintains existing limits on radiation exposure from cellphones, network equipment

By Sarah Krouse, wsj.com, Dec. 5, 2019 

Federal safety limits for cellphone-radiation exposure have
been a matter of debate. 
Photo: Justin Lane/EPA/Shutterstock

The Federal Communications Commission has decided to allow the rollout of new 5G wireless networks without making changes to federal safety limits for cellphone-radiation exposure.

The U.S. telecommunications regulator voted unanimously this week to keep in place standards for how much exposure to the radio-frequency energy cellphones and antennas emit is safe. The standards cover consumer devices and the infrastructure used on cell towers and rooftops.

The FCC said it found no basis for changing current exposure limits and took to heart the Food and Drug Administration’s comments that the weight of scientific evidence hadn’t linked cellphones to health problems.

05 December 2019

Siting Cell Towers Needs Careful Planning

Siting cell towers needs careful planning
Date:December 3, 2019
Source:Michigan Technological University

Journal Reference:
J.M. Pearce. Limiting liability with positioning to minimize negative health effects of cellular phone towers. Environmental Research, 2019; 108845 DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108845

Summary:The health impacts of radio-frequency radiation (RFR) are still inconclusive, but the data to date warrants more caution in placing cell towers. An engineering team considers the current understanding of health impacts and possible solutions, which indicate a 500-meter (one third of a mile) buffer around schools and hospitals may help reduce risk for vulnerable populations.

No one can overengineer like an engineer. So introducing a little more caution into an existing engineering process is nothing much to ruffle feathers. A new paper published in Environmental Research offers insight on how to include simple precautionary approaches to siting cell towers.

Phonegate: [Press release] Users warned about 3 French mobile phone models from 3 manufacturers

This warning most certainly concerns users who have purchased these 3 models from the brands BlackBerry, Doro and Selecline in other European countries.

[Press release] Users warned about 3 French mobile phone models from 3 manufacturers
Equipe Phonegate 5 Dec 2019

Our analysis of the National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) database revealed that 3 smartphone models controlled in 2018 and 2019 by ANFR and announced as having a “compliant” trunk specific absorption rate (SAR) were tested more than 5mm from the skin. This is confirmed by the extract from the database below. We therefore wrote to ANFR in August 2019 to inform them of this apparent anomaly in view of the test results and ask for explanations.

Unscrupulous application of the principle of anteriority of the law

03 December 2019

Swiss govt working group suggests more investments in 5G network, monitoring effects of radiation on health

Swiss govt working group suggests more investments in 5G network, monitoring effects of radiation on health
telecompaper.com, 2 December 2019

The mobile communications and radiation working group of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has published a report on the expansion of 5G and its impact on health. The report noted that the consequences on health of radio frequencies under the limits established in the regulation on protection against non-ionising radiation (NISV) have not been consistently proven. At the same time, science and practice have given different opinions on the effects that occur below the values.

To supply a "good quality" 5G network, the working group said one option would be to build another 26,500 antennas. Their construction would take 20 to 30 years and cost CHF 7.9 billion, with CHF 2.1 billion going on operation of the network over five years.

02 December 2019

U.S. Phonegate? Cell Phone Safety Guidelines Exceeded in Study…Lawsuit Follows

U.S. Phonegate? Cell Phone Safety Guidelines Exceeded in Study…Lawsuit Follows
mdsafetech.org (Physicians for Safe Technology), 29 November 2019

FCC Safety Guidelines Were Exceeded in Chicago Tribune Cell Phone Tests

The Chicago Tribune recently investigated cell phone safety by testing 11 models of popular cell phones, both according to the manufacturers recommended distance from the head (5 to15 mm), as well as in a manner consistent with how they are used, i.e. close to the head. The accredited lab found that with some of the phones the levels exceeded the FCC guidelines both at recommended positions and in close proximity to the body. A class action lawsuit was filed against Apple and Samsung by a group of lawyers in California, Illinois and Iowa who state the manufacturers “intentionally misrepresented” the safety of these phones. The attorneys argue that numerous scientific publications show that radiofrequency radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below international guidelines. These RF guidelines are based only on heating of tissues, not demonstrated complex biological effects. Dr. Lennart Hardell points out in his research that increased usage of both cell phones and cordless phones, which emit fairly similar radiation levels, is associated with brain tumors. If the lawsuit is found valid will this be the Phonegate of the United States?

French Phonegate: 2017

Phonegate Health Scandal: We are asking, along with 6 other organizations, to be received by the Government

Phonegate health scandal: we are asking, along with 6 other organizations, to be received by the Government
by Phonegate Team, 27 Nov 2019 - translation

On November 8, 2019, Marianne magazine published on its website our open letter to Ministers Agnès Buzyn, Elisabeth Borne and Bruno Le Maire signed with six other associations working to protect public health. Since then there has been complete silence and our request has not received any response from the ministers concerned.

The signatory associations, including Alerte Phonegate, therefore decided to write to them collectively on 26 November 2019 to ask them to receive us urgently, in any case before the scheduled meeting with mobile phone manufacturers (date not yet made public).

We hope to be heard this time and in the meantime we are counting on you to help us increase the pressure by signing our petition to protect the health of mobile phone users.

Read the letter:

Protection of the health of users overexposed to mobile phone waves: the appeal from our associations to the government!

01 December 2019

Switzerland: Shame on Roger Federer for Advertising in Favor of 5G Technology!

The Swiss tennis champ, Roger Federer, has been advertising in favor of 5G technology.  We sent him this letter last year.  He never replied.

Dear Mr. Federer,

We are extremely disappointed that you have accepted to participate in advertising in favor of 5G technology.

You have small children and should be aware that this technology will be adding to the health effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) already being emitted by previous technologies, 2G, 3G, 4G. Children, with their smaller, developing bodies, are especially vulnerable to this type of radiation.

Your advertising is also in direct contradiction to the democratic vote of the Swiss Parliament – and the voice of the people - last year not to raise limit values of mobile phone antennas as a requirement for the launch of 5G.

The presence of billions of connected objects will make us more stressed, vulnerable to cybercrime, disconnected and poisoned by RF radiation. Health services will be under pressure to cope with a pandemic of diseases resulting from increased exposure. The economy will be affected by rising health costs and lost productivity at work.