Smartphone public warning system could endanger domestic abuse victims

Last Updated: April 17, 2023By Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

This is a public service announcement:

It seems the fact that the emergency alerts system will cause mobiles with a 4G or 5G signal to emit a loud siren-like sound, receive a message on their home screen and vibrate for up to 10 seconds may also alert abusers to the presence of secret mobile phones held by their victims.

The government’s advice to abuse victims is simple: turn off your concealed phones or switch them to airplane mode until after the test has taken place.

It is also possible to turn off emergency alerts altogether. In your mobile phones ‘Settings’, go to ‘Emergency alerts’ and switch off “severe alerts” and “extreme alerts”.

I’ve just checked my own smartphone and it is quite easy to do.

Meanwhile, if you want to know exactly what your phone will do at 3pm on Sunday, here’s the rundown:

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One Comment

  1. Stu April 23, 2023 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    It just occurred to me that this could well be a test of “compliance” by our Government.under the guise of public safety.
    If I wanted the nation to switch off their mobile devices at 3pm, how would I do it?

    The “Nudge Unit” is still alive and active, keeping our Nation in fear and dread as well as testing our level of compliance.
    Although individual phones are “not” identified, the extent of their activity can and will be recorded “in the interest of research”.

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