Wireless Technology Safety

Gazz made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Can you please respond to the following?

Please confirm whether or not Internet Access Devices used by Jobcentre Plus offices are wireless frequencies.

Can the DWP provide any independent confirmation that Internet Access Devices used in Jobcentre Plus offices have no detrimental effects upon health due to the wireless frequencies used?

Will claimants be sanctioned if they refuse to use such wireless devices without being given scientifically proven evidence that no detrimental effects will be suffered?

Regards Gazz

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Uwe Bergman left an annotation ()

I would have asked for:-

(a) the radio frequencies used and the transmitting power of each device;

(b) what earthing and electrical/electronic shielding is used to prevent spurious radiation and transmissions interfering with Human Beings' personal safety and electronic devices such as claimants' mobile phones and Pacemakers etc.

(c) a copy of the Risk Assessment, if any.

Gazz left an annotation ()

" I would have asked for:-

(a) the radio frequencies used and the transmitting power of each device;

(b) what earthing and electrical/electronic shielding is used to prevent spurious radiation and transmissions interfering with Human Beings' personal safety and electronic devices such as claimants' mobile phones and Pacemakers etc.

(c) a copy of the Risk Assessment, if any. "

And You haven't asked because ?

Uwe Bergman left an annotation ()

Because I'm preoccupied with many other things and have no surplus free time.

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www.consent.me.uk (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Under 'cookies' regulations the DWP argue that anyone not wishing to have cookies retained on any device, will be required to use an Internet Access Device (IAD/Computer) at a Jobcentre, as the DWP argue that consent of the user is not required.

However, if this response is taken literally it is not even possible to make it mandatory to use an IAD device in the first place.

"A3. Claimants will not be mandated to use IADs available in Jobcentre Plus offices and will, therefore, not be sanctioned if they refuse to use them. Use of IADs by claimants is voluntary."
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

"DWP is the subscriber in relation to broadband services used on Jobcentre Plus (JCP) internet
access devices. It is only therefore necessary for DWP to consent to cookies being used on
those devices. It is not necessary to provide any information about cookies to users of those
devices or to obtain their consent. DWP provides Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants who are required to register with Universal Jobmatch and to upload a CV a choice about whether to accept cookies, or alternatively to use a JCP Internet Access Device (IAD) on which cookies have been accepted. The information leaflet (a copy of which is attached as an annex to this response) includes information about the cookies which are stored on IADs and other devices
when they are used to access Universal Jobmatch."
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

www.consent.me.uk (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Last annotation to be read in conjunction with Jobcentre guidance, particularly Chapter 03 (as of June 28th):

Using Universal Jobmatch (UJ)
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...

Jason Davies left an annotation ()

Have we been asking the wrong questions all along when all we needed to ask was "is it mandatory to use IADs?" LOL!

I do hope this is true.

www.consent.me.uk (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

@Jason Davies
Thinking outside the 'box' is crucial at times, I like many others are inculcated into looking for answers rather than examining the question(s) which actually frames the answer. So yes, learning to question [the right one(s)] is inescapable....

However:

" Jobseekers are being informed by JCP staff that there are plans, which are due to take place in October to allow DWP to gain access to their UJM accounts. "
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...

Which implies changes are afoot related to the non pilot launch of Universal Credit, which may scupper the IADs being voluntary...maybe. Assuming a place exists to create a Universal Jobmatch account, which with the cookies regs and this FOI response would be nowhere at present, in terms of cookies consent and voluntary use of a Jobcentre IAD.

Jason Davies left an annotation ()

We need to know on what legaslative basis the use of IADs is voluntary and that should finally answer our question. I have raised an FOI request for that purpose.

Gazz left an annotation ()

That’s noted and thanks DWP.

With this information now presented into public domain, it may be wise for claimants to review their legally binding ‘agreement’ and make appropriate alterations/additions to protect themselves.

Mandatory use of such devices can only be made so if the devices are safe to use. This then requires the appropriate assessments to be carried out and the conclusions published. Claimants should amend their contract with the JCP/DWP to reflect the above for their own protection and safety.

James Williams Snyder left an annotation ()

"I have also looked at the reply to Q3 in the Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: VTR/3884) which is not correct."? https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1... Follow up https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...

Sharon May left an annotation ()

Hi Gazz you might want to send a request along the lines of https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

Gazz left an annotation ()

Hello Sharon May,

Thanks for that, it is very much worth consideration. However, let us await the outcome of Mr Snyder’s FOI request to see if any satisfaction can be achieved.

It would appear evident that no such assessment has taken place to safeguard claimants health with regard to ‘wireless frequencies’, as I’ve said, claimants would be wise consider the implications of this.

Regards

G

James Williams Snyder left an annotation ()

DWP response for deciphering
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...
nothing on wireless safety

Gazz left an annotation ()

Perhaps the DWP will be interested in the information in the video below.
For those who doubt the dangers of 'wi-fi', this video interview explains some of those dangers.
The video is produced by UK Volumn and the interview starts at around the 40 minute mark and should be
given some serious consideration by ALL who are using this technology - including DWP staff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...
His website on the subject can be seen here ~ http://www.emfandhealth.com/Barrie%20WiF...

Sharon May left an annotation ()

for original response on voluntary use of any IAD, it had to go through a process like

"However, we would like to add clarity to your question raised in the Internal Review about
checking and editing of replies. Staff who draft replies are normally subject specialists with the
necessary knowledge, who would also edit responses as appropriate. The draft replies are
then checked and approved at senior level, usually by a director or deputy director [members
of the Senior Civil Service (SCS)] or by senior staff with delegated clearance authority who are
accountable for that area of work. "
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

Not clear how any response could later be defined as incorrect.......................

Gazz left an annotation ()

Those interested in this intriguing scenario, I would like to comment on this as an annotation due to the recent obfuscation indulged in now by the DWP, I would ask that all those of Christian heritage consider the following and watch carefully how this unfolds.

I have one further comment to make or rather a question(s) regarding 'names'.

What is the REAL name of the monarch of this nation?

This nation is founded on Christian traditions, now please view the video at the link below and, consider the information therein . . . Perhaps those who understand the implications with regard to 'the law' and Christian tradition have well founded reasoning when considering their REAL name.

This video has a direct connection to this request due to its author living in this Christian founded nation, adopted into the Church of England at birth - through coercion I might add !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqJtq_JvwWI