Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Criminal Liability for Cellular Phone Radiation in Recent Legislation: A Comparative Study

Author(s): Haider Kazem Hathout

The information communication technology represented by cell phones is a significant scientific innovation. Nevertheless, it is necessary to know of the other side of this technology, which is the emission of harmful cell phone radiation for carrying out the communication process. It is no secret that most of the cell phone companies aim to achieve profits without taking into account health as well as technical standards, which in turn aim to reduce the harm arising from cell phone radiation, which has been scientifically proceed in addition to the laws enacted in this regard in both France and America. In light of the failure of the penal laws in Iraq to address this issue, we see the need to criminalize the exceeding of permissible limits of cell phone radiation and environmental harm it causes to humans. There is also a need for disclosing the level of radiation to the public as a preventive measure. It is also necessary to refer to the general texts in the penal code to reach a scientific and theoretical basis to deal with the criminal impact of the cumulative harmful emission of cell phone radiation on humans, especially children. Moreover, this occurs over time as a result of the intensive use of the cell phone.

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