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Our View: Court hangs up on Fourth Amendment
Marcia Hoffman, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group devoted to protecting electronic freedom, called the decision "an unfortunate result" and said it sets a "dangerous and far reaching precedent that does not take into account the modern realities of how we live today." The decision is based on physical world realities but does not translate to the digital world. She acknowledged the need to "pat someone down to make sure there is no weapon that would pose a danger to the officer" but she said "cell phones do not pose a threat."