Mobile phones across Britain will trigger a 'loud siren-like' alert this weekend

Not everyone is happy about the test warning, which will sound at 3 p.m. on Sunday

A 'loud siren-like sound' will blare from mobile phones for up to 10 seconds across Britain on Sunday as part of a test for a new emergency alert system launched by the UK government .

Governments and institutions around the world use similar warning systems in life-threatening situations such as terrorist attacks and dangerous weather conditions. The alerts, which in many cases are sent as notifications or text messages, warn people in the way of danger to take cover or get to safety.

In Britain, the warning service test caused a backlash from some, with some officials and organizations encouraging people to turn off the service.

Here's what you need to know.

What you need to know Is happening?

People with smartphones across Great Britain Brittany, including visiting tourists, will receive an alert which the government has described as a "loud, siren-like sound" accompanied by a vibration, Sunday at 3 p.m.

"It will appear on your device's home screen and you must recognize it before you can use any other features," the UK government said in an announcement about the alerts.< /p>

Alerts will be sent via cell towers, which will broadcast warnings to anyone in danger. They are intended to be used "very infrequently", the UK government said in a statement, adding that the alerts will only be used where there is "an immediate risk to people's lives".

Who else use similar alert systems?

Similar warning programs are used around the world, including the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Japan. They haven't always been received favorably, as happened in Florida on Thursday when a test alert was sent out at 4:45 a.m.

As how they will be used in Britain, alerts are sent in the event of emergencies, such as mass shootings, floods, forest fires, tornadoes and other natural disasters. When a gunman opened fire on the Michigan State University campus in February, students were alerted to the situation by text message and many waited for updates from the emergency system throughout the night.

In some cases they have also been used to warn residents against the use of city water when the operations of a water facility have been disrupted. discontinued.

Some in the UK are not happy with the alert.

Sunday's test of the new emergency alert service has already drawn some backlash . For some, the alert, which can sound for up to 10 seconds, is perceived as an annoyance. Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, told his Twitter followers to 'turn off unnecessary and intrusive alerting'.

For others, the alert raised serious privacy concerns. Refuge, an organization that helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence, advises victims of violence to turn off the service, for fear that phones hidden in their homes will ring.

Responding to these criticisms, the UK government said it was working with organizations that work with "vulnerable women and girls to ensure they are not affected by the introduction of emergency alerts ", adding that it will be possible to opt out if they need their phone to remain hidden.

Others are concerned that alerts could access personal information on phones, such as location data, but the UK government has said this shouldn't be a problem because the alert system works through cell towers. Personal data and exact locations will not be collected or shared...

Mobile phones across Britain will trigger a 'loud siren-like' alert this weekend

Not everyone is happy about the test warning, which will sound at 3 p.m. on Sunday

A 'loud siren-like sound' will blare from mobile phones for up to 10 seconds across Britain on Sunday as part of a test for a new emergency alert system launched by the UK government .

Governments and institutions around the world use similar warning systems in life-threatening situations such as terrorist attacks and dangerous weather conditions. The alerts, which in many cases are sent as notifications or text messages, warn people in the way of danger to take cover or get to safety.

In Britain, the warning service test caused a backlash from some, with some officials and organizations encouraging people to turn off the service.

Here's what you need to know.

What you need to know Is happening?

People with smartphones across Great Britain Brittany, including visiting tourists, will receive an alert which the government has described as a "loud, siren-like sound" accompanied by a vibration, Sunday at 3 p.m.

"It will appear on your device's home screen and you must recognize it before you can use any other features," the UK government said in an announcement about the alerts.< /p>

Alerts will be sent via cell towers, which will broadcast warnings to anyone in danger. They are intended to be used "very infrequently", the UK government said in a statement, adding that the alerts will only be used where there is "an immediate risk to people's lives".

Who else use similar alert systems?

Similar warning programs are used around the world, including the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Japan. They haven't always been received favorably, as happened in Florida on Thursday when a test alert was sent out at 4:45 a.m.

As how they will be used in Britain, alerts are sent in the event of emergencies, such as mass shootings, floods, forest fires, tornadoes and other natural disasters. When a gunman opened fire on the Michigan State University campus in February, students were alerted to the situation by text message and many waited for updates from the emergency system throughout the night.

In some cases they have also been used to warn residents against the use of city water when the operations of a water facility have been disrupted. discontinued.

Some in the UK are not happy with the alert.

Sunday's test of the new emergency alert service has already drawn some backlash . For some, the alert, which can sound for up to 10 seconds, is perceived as an annoyance. Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, told his Twitter followers to 'turn off unnecessary and intrusive alerting'.

For others, the alert raised serious privacy concerns. Refuge, an organization that helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence, advises victims of violence to turn off the service, for fear that phones hidden in their homes will ring.

Responding to these criticisms, the UK government said it was working with organizations that work with "vulnerable women and girls to ensure they are not affected by the introduction of emergency alerts ", adding that it will be possible to opt out if they need their phone to remain hidden.

Others are concerned that alerts could access personal information on phones, such as location data, but the UK government has said this shouldn't be a problem because the alert system works through cell towers. Personal data and exact locations will not be collected or shared...

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