CDT today responded to reports describing a tentative deal to renew the PATRIOT Act that fails to set adequate standards for use of the Act's more intrusive surveillance powers. "The conference report as it stands today is not an acceptable compromise," CDT Executive Director Jim Dempsey said. "Congress is missing an opportunity to preserve the PATRIOT Act's investigative tools while protecting privacy with some modest checks and balances. CDT supported a Senate renewal bill that included a few basic protections. The deal described in recent reports would still allow the government to get private data on people who are not suspected of having any connection to terrorism. The legislation would also expand the impact of National Security Letters, which are issued with no judicial review, by making them easier to enforce and harder for recipients to resist."