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San Francisco reneges on proposed cellphone warning sticker, leaves citizens to chat at their own risk

Zach Honig

Californians already see earthquake notices in elevators and falling rock signs on the beach, but if certain lawmakers had managed to get their way, locals would find warning stickers on their cellphones, too. The proposed tags, which detail energy transfer from the device to your body by displaying a device's SAR (Specific Absorption Rate), will no longer be implemented. The sponsoring group, whose move has been on hold for several years, now faces a permanent injunction; in other words, the stickers will likely never see the light of day. The FCC, which measures SAR, is tasked with determining that each device meets certain safety standards, keeping citizens safe from radiation -- sticker or no sticker, people who speak on cellphones are generally not at any risk.

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