By Evan Perez
(CNN) — The U.S. government wants to declassify certain broad statistics about its electronic surveillance programs, hoping to prevent Google and Microsoft from releasing more-detailed information about government data requests, CNN has learned.
The government on Friday is expected to ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the secret court overseeing the programs — to accept its plan as a compromise, a U.S. official with knowledge of the plan said.
In the compromise, the government would release how many metadata requests, broken down by types of requests, it has made of telecommunications and Internet companies, the official said.
Metadata includes time and duration of calls, and other basic information — not the actual substance of the information, which would require a separate search warrant.
The court gave the government until Friday to come up with a position on Google and Microsoft’s request to release, on their own…
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