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08 November 2021

France: End of the obligation of smartphone manufacturers to provide a hands-free kit: an irresponsible decision!

End of the obligation of smartphone manufacturers to provide a hands-free kit: an irresponsible decision!
by Equipe Phonegate | 8 Nov 2021

Press Release November 8, 2021

The bill of the LR senator, Patrick Chaize was adopted on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 by the French Parliament. It lifts the obligation of manufacturers to provide with their cell phones the means of protection in order to reduce exposure of the users’ head.

In 2010, the Grenelle II law had established a broader obligation for the protection of the health of consumers and not just specific to the hands-free kit:

“Radioelectric terminals intended to be connected to a network open to the public for the provision of telephony service may not be marketed without an accessory to limit the exposure of the head to radioelectric emissions during communications.”

In reformulating this text, the parliamentarians have gone much further. They have put an end to every form of protection provided in an obligatory way by the manufacturer when marketing cell phones in order to protect exposure of the head.

Pseudo “ecological” justifications

According to an interview with Patrick Chaize published on the Frandroid website, he justifies this proposal integrated into the bill “Reducing the environmental footprint of digital technology in France”:

“Wired headsets, which are systematically supplied with smartphones, are a major source of waste…”.

And the senator added regarding the health aspects that justified this obligation:

“In any case, nothing indicates that the free provision of headsets protects these intensive users more widely from identified health risks.”

We have no doubt that this elected official of the Republic is exploiting the environmental cause to the detriment of health.

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