The German government has recommended its people to limit or avoid the use of Wi-fi whenever they can as it has detrimental effects on health. This is likely to create serious problems for the industry as well as British ministers, and prove right the questions raised by The Independent over the last four months.
It’s not just the government, but also Germany’s official radiation protection body that wants citizens to use landlines instead of mobile phones. It also raises awareness among people about the dangers of ‘electrosmog’ that is created by the daily use products, ranging from baby monitors to electric blankets.
The German government’s ruling is a reaction to a string of questions raised by Green members of the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament. It differed from the technological promotion by British officials. A solution given by the Environment Ministry for limiting exposure to Wi-fi radiation was selecting conventional wired connections. The ministry was making an attempt to bring awareness among people on lessening personal exposure.
Britain’s official health protection watchdog, Sir William Stewart gains support through the actions of the Ministry. He has already created two reports, advising people to be cautious while using cell phones, and has also asked for a recapitulation on the use of WI-fi in schools. Nonetheless, no one has paid much attention to his warnings and even the Health Protection Agency has belittled his efforts.
On the other hand, an appeal for caution is being led by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection in Germany. The use of Wi-fi is condemned by Florian Emrich who says, “because people receive exposures from many sources and because it is a new technology and all the research into its health effects has not yet been carried out”.