Facebook is set to provide details of private chats to the Delhi Police in sensitive cases, especially those related to crimes against women and children, senior officials of the social networking website told officers working with the cyber wing during an interaction on Friday.

Delhi Police officials working in the cyber wing. While talking about the motive behind this move, the social networking officials said that this will help in sensitive cases that relate to crimes against women and children. The interaction was headed by Facebook India (trust and safety) head Satya Yadav along with Facebook’s special team from the US.

While talking about the meeting a senior officer was quoted saying that the meeting started at 11 AM on February 1 in an Economic Offences Wing (EOW)’s conference hall. The same ended at around 3.30 PM. The meeting included several rounds of discussion during which the Delhi police officers shared their problems with the team of Facebook.

“The meeting started at 11 am Friday in a conference hall of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), and ended at 3.30 pm after several rounds of discussion during which officers shared their problems with Facebook officials and also requested them to provide additional details while working cases,” a senior officer said.

Currently, Facebook does not provide details of private chats to investigators. During their interaction, police personnel raised this issue with the team, and gave them examples of cases where such chats are crucial. “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.

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