Facebook and Law Enforcement

We work with the law enforcement community to promote safety, on and offline.

Protecting Your Privacy

We take the privacy of your information very seriously. If Facebook receives an official request for account records, we first establish the legitimacy of the request. When responding, we apply strict legal and privacy requirements. See our law enforcement guidelines for more details, and review answers to frequently asked questions. If you are interested in how data is transferred to the United States and the safeguards and measures we apply, there is information available for your review on our data transfers information page.

Promoting Safety

We work with law enforcement to help people on Facebook stay safe. This sometimes means providing information to law enforcement officials that will help them respond to emergencies, including those that involve the immediate risk of harm, suicide prevention and the recovery of missing children. We may also supply law enforcement with information to help prevent or respond to fraud and other illegal activity, as well as violations of the Facebook Terms.

Getting Help

If you think you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call your local police. If you see something on Facebook that may violate the Facebook Terms, please report it to us.

Victim and Survivor Support

We know law enforcement often works with victims or other members of the community that need support navigating social media and understanding how to stay safe online. Here is a list of resources that can help you offer support to them.

For Law Enforcement

If you are a law enforcement official, please review the law enforcement guidelines.