Working hand-in-hand with the Delhi Police to ensure the safety of women and children in the capital, Facebook on Friday announced its cyber-security collaboration scheme with the department in an interaction held at a conference hall of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), DPD, New Delhi.

The social media platform have accepted the proposal by the Delhi Police to provide details of private chats to the department in sensitive cases.

During an interaction on February 1, senior officials of the social networking website told officers working with the cyber wing that top priority enlisted in the information transfer is to the cases relating to crimes against women and children.

Various heads of cyber wing department from districts across the state and specialised units were present at the meeting. Along with the officers from the police department, a special team from Facebook’s U.S. office as well as Facebook India (trust and safety) head Satya Yadav were a part of the interaction.

During the discussion, police personnel raised the issue of information transparency with the team and gave them examples of cases where private chats are crucial. In the current scenario, Facebook does not provide details of personal individual chats to investigators.

“Police personnel told them that while probing some kidnapping for ransom cases, they need to scan chats of the victim to gather clues. On hearing their concerns, Facebook assured them that they will provide such details, but only after considering the gravity of the cases, like if it relates to women or children,” an officer who attended the meeting said.

At the annual press conference earlier last month, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patanik had said that cyber-crime will be the focus for Delhi Police in 2019. A few days ago, the special cell’s cybercrime team was shifted to their new office in Dwarka

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