Last week, we commented on the tests released by Chicago Tribune about the radiation emitted by different smartphone brands and models, including iPhones. The results, as we reported, exceeded the limits established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, the "American Anatel") on some models of iPhones and the line Galaxy, alarming customers from both technology giants, who decided to sue them.
The lawsuit at the Northern California District Court claims that radiation emitted from smartphones “designed and manufactured by Apple and Samsung” exceeds the legal limits set by the FCC. The plaintiffs own the iPhones 7 Plus, 8 and X, and the Galaxys S8 and Note8.
The case has aroused users to another likely problem involving manufacturers: According to the lawsuit, companies are in contradiction with their marketing materials claiming that their products operate within FCC guidelines for radiation emissions, which is compounded by fact that none of them warned "about possible negative effects of this health problem".
The process is based almost exclusively on the results of the Exposure Lab study released by the Chicago Tribune, with plaintiffs arguing that Apple and Samsung "covered any risks by tampering with the security parameters of smartphones," as vented by attorney Beth Fegan, who filed the action:
The fact that Chicago Tribune being able to bring together a group of experts and develop compelling studies shows that smartphone makers may be intentionally hiding what they know about radiation emissions. This could be the Chernobyl of the cell phone industry, with cover-up and all.
The plaintiffs seek to be recognized as a class action and require companies to take precautionary measures to inform consumers about the radiation levels of their devices, in addition to reimbursing possible costs involving health problems caused by the aforementioned smartphones.
In addition to the process, Exposure Lab's findings led the FCC to conduct its own tests to verify the radiation indices emitted by manufacturers' devices; Therefore, if the agency finds any irregularities, Apple and Samsung are likely to face even greater problems.