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29 March 2022

Unsafe Canadian Cell Phones: the List Finally Released!

Unsafe Canadian cell phones: the list finally released!
Equipe Phonegate 29 Mar 2022

It took two years before Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) sent our local contact, Sharon Noble, the list of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels of unsafe cell phones tested between 2016 and 2021 in Canada.

This is a new victory for Phonegate Alert, our international NGO, as well as for Dr. Marc Arazi who revealed the scandal in 2016. Our deepest thanks go to Sharon Noble, whose tenacity finally made it possible to communicate this important data.

Transmission of the list of 90 smartphones controlled by the 
Canadian authorities

Sharon’s work was made possible through the « Access to Information Act (The Act) ». In an email dated March 25, 2022, the ISED finally sent her a list of ninety tested smartphones. This number of 90 represents an annual average of about 20 tests – by comparison, France tests an average of 70 per year (i.e., barely 15% of the cell phones put on the French market!).

A large part of the cell phones tested in Canada came from manufacturers, the others were taken from the shelves of stores. Although many of the best-known brands were tested, only two smartphones from Apple were included, which, given the brand’s leading position in the North American market, seems to us to be insufficient.

GOOGLE smartphones particularly unsafe

Of the ninety cell phones, eight of them, or nearly ten percent of the total, showed a non-compliant SAR above the regulatory level set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The head SAR for 1g of tissue must not exceed 1.6 W/kg, the same limit for the SAR trunk; for the SAR limb for 10 gr, the limit is 4W/kg.

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