The U.S. should reassess standards for radiation exposure from mobile phones, the Government Accountability Office said in a report that found federal guidelines lagging behind international standards.
Cigarette packs in the U.S. have been branded with government health warnings since 1965. Now San Francisco’s city government has brought warning labels to the Information Age, voting 10-1 to require that stores post the level of radio waves emitted by each mobile phone they sell.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to ask whether its standards protect people from mobile-phone radiation, a question it hasn’t posed in 15 years, as people use smartphones for longer, more frequent calls.
U.S. regulators, who’ve asked automakers to restrict how drivers can use in-dashboard infotainment systems, may draft guidelines for mobile devices and voice-activated controls in cars, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
A handful of U.S. cities may follow San Francisco’s example in trying to make information on mobile- phone radiation levels readily available to consumers, setting the stage for a broader showdown with the wireless industry.
San Francisco’s first-in-the nation warnings about cell-phone radiation, which companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. would be required to post in retail stores, are misleading or inaccurate and must be revised, a federal judge ruled.